Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving Traditions and Christmas Decorating

 Hope you all had a fabulously Thankful Thanksgiving!  Ours was very low key and enjoyable.  We have a little tradition of going to Starbucks on Thanksgiving afternoon and then gawking at the crazy people camped outside of Best Buy all day and night instead of having Thanksgiving dinner.  This time there were no tents and trailers because they open at midnight. Yes, weird tradition...somehow I think it is a reminder to us what Thanksgiving is NOT about...and keeps our focus.   Anyway, here's some of the fun traditions.  I think these little things are so important to keep family values alive.
My daugther and her peppermint hot chocolate

They brought in "potties" for the event.  Lovely.

This is our traditional Cranberry back to the 60's for my parents.  I did it in the vintage mold...didn't come out perfect but it tasted good.

1 - 3 oz raspberry jello
1 1/4 cup hot water
1 can jellied cranberry
1/2 cup celery finely chopped
1/2 cup crushed pineapple well drained

Dissolve jello in water
In separate bowl chop cranberry with pastry blender
Add cranberry to jello and refrigerate for 45 min
Add celery and pineapple - Stir and continue to refrigerate
(Double if using a mold)

Sauce (optional)
1 cup sour cream
2 Tb maraccino cherry juice
1/2 cup cut up mini marshmallows

Here's my family...and our traditional Thanksgiving photo.

After Thanksgiving....Decorating!

I've been collecting all kinds of Vintage Christmas goodness from the thrift shops all year!  My daugther and I could hardly wait to get everything out.

Started with the outside.  The utility cart got a holiday makeover.  I am most excited about the 60's light up Santa I got this summer at a yard sale for 10 cents.


I used an old stadium bag with a broken zipper and stuffed it full of greenery and added the Merry Christmas.  The ice skates were thrifted for $2.50 and the "Boot and Shoe Grease" was free at an Estate Sale.


These little guys are newer and made to look old.

Two red Pyrex fridgies, some "fruit cakes" and a vintage Japanese figurine.
Christmas mug collection

Love the cover of this old magazine! (49 cents thrifted)

Vintage Anchor Hocking jar and tea tin from an Estate Sale (75 cents)
vintage aprons
Vintage Christmas table cloth (Estate Sale steal at $4)
Center Piece:  Pyrex Golden Poinsettia with vintage ornaments
Found this record cover at a thrift for $ it!
tea towel made by my Grandma
Tom and Jerry's punch set

The Kitchen shelf...decked out for Christmas.

Love this little candle holder from Goodwill.

Vintage Plate (50 cents) Vintage Candle holder 50 cents), Pyrex Primary Bowls

Anchor Hocking Trees with candy and Pyrex Bowls
This is my large shelf filled with thrifted Christmas treasures!

Just found these cute vintage figures at VV for $1.99

The Snowflake Garland is my favorite Christmas pattern of Pyrex


Yes, I'm a thermos freak.  I've been finding them at thrifts and yard sales for awhile now.  The Holiday is my favorite!
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!  Keep those vintage values alive and enjoy your fmaily!


Madee said...

Oh your home is precious! I love it all! Great thermos collection, too!! :)

Stacey Johnson said...

Thanks Madee!~

Sir Thrift-A-Lot said...

Looks great!

Best Boy probably learned their lesson cleaning up "messes", so they brought in the potties!

Jill said...

Vintage Christmas is the best!

Stacey Johnson said...

LOL on the "messes" and yes, vintage is the best :)

ThrifterSisters said...

I found the same little Santa candle holder at SVDP! It is so cute. I am definitely inspired by all of your decorating. I got as far as bringing everything in from the shed and dropping it either in the dining room or office. We are getting our tree today so I don't think Maddie is going to let me put the decorating off any longer.

Great job incorporating Pyrex into your decor. I plan on doing the same.

Happy Holidays!


Pyrex Junkie said...

It looks awesome! I give you credit for doing this after thanksgiving! I am still tired! I can't wait to decorate with all vintage decorations!

Stacey Johnson said...

Erica, Can't wait to see yours!;)

Pyrex Junkie...I'm feeling the tired now !

Old Fashioned Gal said...

I had left a lenghty comment on this post the other day and I guess it didn't post! :(
Your home looks amazing! I love all of your Pyrex and vintage figurines! So precious!
Looking at your angel candle holder, I noticed that mine are actually different! Yours has white hair. Mine have brown and blonde! lol
I can't wait to see more! :)