12 funny, unique and creative holiday decorations from readers’ houses 2012

“Santa the Damned?” … and more

Imperial-Arctic-Star-Aluminum-tree-by-Tomar-of-Chicago-co.After nearly an hour of sifting through each and every one of the newly uploaded holiday decorations photos from our recent uploader — 700+ reader photos of their holiday decorations — it is quite obvious that all of you absolutely love to decorate for the holidays. I was super impressed by the wide range of vintage holiday decor — and the extent to which some of you collect Christmas decorations. Time and time again there were photos showing hundreds of shiny brites, vintage santas, snowmen and even trees — like this gorgeous seven foot Imperial Arctic Star aluminum tree from the Tomar company out of Chicago. Mystery reader, your tree is a thing of beauty — I could spend hours just admiring it. Read on to see the rest of my top 12 reader holiday decor picks — our 2012 “Hall of Fame”.

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5-minute Kitschmas: Make a mini Evergleam Peacock tree out of pipe cleaners

This holiday season has been a particularly crafty one at my house. Between making the three mini putz houses, the yule log centerpiece, and the shiny brite ornament tree — I’ve been busy. But with Christmas only a week away, and one more great idea for a quick and easy holiday craft dancing around like sugarplums in my head, I just had to make one more retro crafty video to share with everyone.

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A Christmas (Tree) Story, inspired by Retro Renovation

jana with christmas treeToday, a story from reader Jana – we looked at her cheery kitchen remodel a ways back. She writes:

A Christmas (Tree) Story

Inspired by Retro Renovation

Ever since I was very young, my mother and I shared a special love for Christmas and all of the traditions that it brings. One of these traditions was decorating our Christmas tree.  It was the prettiest Christmas tree on the block (and the only aluminum one, too).  My parents purchased a 7 and a half foot sparkling Taper Tree from Sears in 1959. (Back then, we got everything from Sears).  One of the special traditions that my mom and I had was that we were the only two members of the family who would decorate it.   My dad’s responsibility was to bring the box and the ornaments up from the basement the night before the decorating was to be done and my sister’s responsibility was to stay out of the way and leave us alone.  That was fine by her because she did not share our enthusiasm for Christmas traditions.

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700+ reader photos of their holiday decorations in our gallery — Upload your photos, too!

retro christmas cardIt’s finally here — readers have been asking — our Retro Renovation holiday tradition: The Uploader turned “on”. So let’s see your holiday decorations. Who’s got it going on?!  Upload away — and next week, I will name our first 10 “Holiday Decorating All Stars.”  And, in this post, be sure to scroll on down — there are 425 photos from 2011 and 2010 uploaders all there the ogle, too. Put on your sunglasses, though, if you fear twinkle twinkle sparkle sparkly overload. Above: I love to see our readers, hi, Anne, Mike and Bailey — and thanks for uploading your 2013 holiday greetings!  Upload photos of your holiday decorations — Tips:

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Vintage Putz Houses — A history and online guide

Popular from 1928 through the 1950s
Also known as Glitter Houses, Christmas Villages,
Christmas Gardens and Train Gardens

vintage-putz-houseSetting up tiny, glittery houses during the Christmas holidays became widely popular in 1928 and continued for about a decade after World War II ended. But because these kinds of  ornaments hold so much sentimental value, they often get passed down for generations to come. (Even if the kids don’t want mom or grandma’s furniture, we want those beloved Christmas ornaments!) These historic vintage villages are particularly sweet: Whether they were arranged as small neighborhood on your mantel, part of a train set scene under the tree or set up in conjunction with a nativity scene — these diminutive buildings allowed both young and old to play as they decorated. Today: The history of what we have been calling “putz” style houses, but which have been sold under a variety of names for — more than a century!Heck yeah there is more →