Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Very Vintage Christmas

It may be a little late for this year, but if you want to take a nostalgic look at Christmases past, you should look for Susan Waggoner's vintage-inspired books.

It's a Wonderful Christmas celebrates Christmas traditions from 1940 to 1965.


Under the Tree focuses on toys and gifts from 1930 to 1970 (Easy Bake Oven, anyone? I sure wish I still had mine!).


And Christmas Memories presents holiday styles from the 1920s to1960s.


Her newest book is Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas. It just came out in November, so I don't have a picture of it (in other words, I haven't been able to buy it yet!). I did check it out from our library, and it's a fun book full of vintage-inspired Christmas crafts.

Looking through these books, which are filled with wonderful, old-fashioned images, takes me back to a simpler time. If you like A Christmas Story, It's a Wonderful Life, and White Christmas, these books are for you! Put on your favorite Bing Crosby Christmas CD and let the memories begin.

31 comments:

Shirley Hatfield said...

I just got my copy of Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas...I just loved the crafts! She said she wanted to recreate the decorations so she could experience what they were like new out of the package instead of dusty attic relics. I'm paraphrasing...of course. I've found a few vintage things still new in their packages...it just amazes me that after all these years they were still shiny and bright. I think I need to get some of the other books as well.
Thanks, Betsy!

Mary said...

I am going to look for those books. I love the vintage, so much prettier than the new stuff.
As to your previous post about the kittens in the tree. We had the same problem with our cats. They thought we put the tree up for them to play in. We strung balloons around the bottom of the tree and of course they popped them, except for one black female named Samantha. She would pop the balloons and wait for us to put some more for her to play with. Worked great to stop the other cats we had.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Mary

Sandy said...

I just love her books! I have mine stacked in my kitchen with some jars of candy on top! I ordered the 4th one as a pre order at Amazon.com. I noticed Sam's Club had these three....about what I paid! They bring back so many memories...along with a very cherished 1962 Sear Wish Book I own.....I can see my parents house and tree just like it was yesterday....Have a wonderful weekwend! Sandy

My Vintage Mending said...

I have this set and it is lovely. It sits on the coffee table for the holiday season. Just to have moments to look through. Merry Christmas....Renee

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh I am so happy you share these with us. I am headed to the library tomorrow anyway so I will be checking to see of they have these. You have yourself a Merry Christmas!!

Mecky said...

I seen those on Amazon. I almost ordered them but talked myself out of it for now. I didn't know if they would be good. Now i will have to go ahead and order!

Merry Christmas

Kris said...

Hi Betsy! Those images of Christmas' past are just wonderful! I would love to have those!!! Have a beautiful Christmas!!!!
XO Kris

magie said...

Those books sound/look wonderful..I will have to see if I can find them here :) I just watched Christmas story the other day ( I watch it every year)..I just love that film, always makes me smile.
Have a Merry Christmas!!

The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

oh these books are just fabulous! thank you for sharing these with us!!!! : ) hope you score at CVS : ) take care my friend and i am sending tons of holiday hugs to you and yours!!! : )

Melanie said...

Had seen the books on Amazon, now I will order them, thanks for sharing!!

I had an Easy Bake Oven too! Santa brought it. Guess that mine is still at Mama's house, but I was so proud of that little oven. One year I got a child sized sewing machine for Christmas. It was a Singer if I recall correctly. I was so happy to be able to bake and sew! Wow, I had not thought of either of those things in years! Thanks for reminding me of them!

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Hi Betsy,
I have the Christmas Memories Book
& I love it !
Merry Christmas to you & your Family!

Cozy Little House said...

I never had the easy bake oven. But I always wanted one!
Brenda

Lisa said...

These books are adorable! And they certainly bring back lots of memories! I had an easy bake oven and LOVED it. The other day I was at Walmart and saw a new Easy Bake...horrific! It looks like a space ship.LOL!

Betsy said...

My kind of books! I was just thinking about Easy Bake ovens the other day and remembering how much I wanted one. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
Have a very Merry Christmas.

Christine said...

Betsy :D Thank-You for Sharing these Adorable Vintage Christmas Books, Now I know they are worth the purchase.
Happy Holidays to You and Yours!
Christine

D said...

I wasn't even aware of these books.
I want all of them. :)
D

LV said...

I am from the time frame she writes about. I love going to the library. Wil check to see if they have her books. Merry Christmas.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love these books but don't have one! I guess it's time to shop online! Happy holidays! ♥♥♥

Beansieleigh said...

These books DO sound good!.. And while you mention it, I DO still have my Suzi Homemaker Oven! I love it, and never could part with it!.. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and wishing you a very Happy New Year! ~tina

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Hi Betsy Ann! I just found your blog today. You won't believe it.....I had Susan's latest book in a giveaway I did on my blog in December. I LOVED it and I don't have any of the rest. Oh and I just love the sampler your daughter made of your blog header. What a talent. Now I'm off to go check out her blog too.

Happy New Year and so nice to meet you!

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