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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:

Uploader now closed. Thanks, everyone, for playing. We’ll be back next year with more more more.

Tips to view slide show: Click on first image… it will enlarge and you can also read my captions… move forward or back via arrows below the photo… you can start or stop at any image:

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And, I have a gallery of just of the aluminum Christmas trees (edited anew from each year’s uploaders):

  1. apsutter says:

    Lori’s house is AMAZING!!! All of the beautiful blond furniture, the wintry displays in the windows, displaying Dean Martins Xmas album, and the way the chairs are set up around the record player. I’m in serious envy of all of you with these amazing mid century houses. This series of photos has cemented in my mind that my own home needs an awesome fireplace!

    1. Lori Tevis says:

      Thanks so much APSUTTER, I’m so glad you liked out Christmas decorations. Each year I try to buy something vintage that I haven’t used before and this year it was the large vintage wintry display we were lucky to find on EBAY. And the Dean Martin album. You have a GREAT eye for detail. Thanks again and have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!. Lori

  2. nina462 says:

    So I see some of the pictures are from the past (storage as it were), which is great because then I don’t have to repost them! I see the original 5 ornaments that I made (glitter & glue & cocktail or two)…when I went to get them out this year, the one regarding ‘not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse’ was nibbled on by a mouse this past fall – I’ve updated the picture so hope it’s posted.

    1. Janet in CT says:

      Speaking of mice, I just have to tell this story! I have a little mouse ornament with long whiskers and great big ears and he is wearing an orange felt jacket. I have had him since my son was a baby 35 years ago. I think he was a cartoon character at the time. My cat would pick him out of the tree every night, and when I got up in the morning, there he would be on the floor, less his jacket! I guess she played with him until she got his jacket off and then got bored with him!

      1. nina462 says:

        oh that’s a funny story! I can just imagine my kitty doing the same thing.
        We did manage to finally get the mouse – he was camped out behind ths stove – but now I have to redo the area behind the stove. I cannot cook/bake until that it redone.
        There are so many funny house stories we could all share 🙂

  3. Jay says:

    WOW! Amazing! I need to get the hang of this digital photography, however my decorating pales in comparison to some of what has been shown, i just don’t have thge space. Loved the lighted bells in the sputnik light fixture. I use my lighted ice on the tree. Great vintage decorations being shown in some neat retro room settings.

  4. Susan in VA says:

    Note to Wendy W: You were on the right track shining a light through your tree. It was made by Glolite, and should have a base of either chalkware or plastic that incorporates a socket. The light shines through and illuminates the glass rods.

    1. Wendy W says:

      Oh thank you so much! Now that I know what it’s called I googled and saw an ad from 1938 how cool! You rock!

    2. Jay says:

      Wendy beat me to it. I have a small one that sits on a metal base. They don’t usually age well, the candles get broken off or the tree fades and sheds. maybe you’ll come across a base for it. They are cute.

  5. April says:

    Jenny, thanks so much!

    Emily, thanks! it’s vintage with the original upholstery.We got it off Ebay about 2 years ago, and used Uship to deliver it from Florida to Denver.

    Love all the photos!
    Merry Christmas everyone 🙂

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