Saturday, November 27, 2010

27 November 1956 “Christmas is Coming”

I am sorry I didn’t make a post yesterday. We had such a lovely Thanksgiving and so much fun and food. However, yesterday I had a bit of a 24 hour cold. I am feeling a bit better today and so this shall be a short post as well. I hope all enjoyed their holiday.
christmasad2Seeing as yesterday was ‘Black Friday’ here in the USA (Crazy shopping day) I thought I’d share a couple Christmas ads. This first one is fun because it shows the style and graphics of what one would see in Christmas wrapping paper available from Hallmark in 1956. Fun bright colors and geometric shapes.
christmasadviewmaster For the young one on the list this year, these View Master toys were probably scrawled in childish hand-writing to Santa. 
christmasad1For the lady of the house, these higher end products would be a welcome surprise under the tree. $20 dollars in today's money would be $140.00 dollars. I am sure one could find an electric blanket very cheap today, but we must remember this probably lasted forever (in fact they are probably still around and working today) and were most likely manufactured in our country. Thus providing jobs and money for the holidays. I actually have that pink radio clock as it was my Mother in Laws and she let me have it. It was just stored away in the attic. She remembered having it as a teen in her room.
I hope all are avoiding the busy early Christmas shopping rush and getting into the Holiday spirit. I think we need, this coming month, to try and foster as much Christmas spirit as we can without too much emphasis on the consumer aspect. Maybe talk about and share homemade gift ideas. Home made ornaments and cookies and treats. Share stories and tales to tell around the fire in lieu of being to rushed about and stressed from spending money we haven’t got only to worry over the bills come January. Who is in with me to try and make this a less ‘Buying’ Christmas and a more Celebrating Christmas? And, when buying, local made or good reliable vintage!
Happy Homemaking.


  1. I loved my red Viewmaster as a kid, and wished I still had it for my children, I am striving to stay out of the stores, although I do have to venture out to get some wrapping paper, tissue paper and some Christmas parents are just getting money this year, as my mom is super picky and my father wants a laptop (brother and I are giving money towards one), I will probably get my FIL jogging pants and my MIL a nice sweater......

    I still have a few things to do, but I really dislike being in the mall during Christmas time, although I may take the kids to see Santa this year.

    I find a good way to stear away from the commercialism is to keep one`s children out of stores, and to hide the flyers that come at the end of every week from the newspaper, it keeps the gimmies at bay.

    My boys have already picked out their presents to their I have basically two stores to go to, and will not have to walk through the mall :)

    I did go to Canadian Tire to get my boys each an NHL Santa hat to wear and I did treat myself to a Grinch ornament, LOL something says Christmas like the Grinch - it`s a classic and I LOVE IT :)

    Enjoy your Christmas Holiday,

    Mom in Canada

  2. Count me in!! Besides, it is so much more fun watching a friend or loved one open vintage gifts. You know they will last forever and the friend/family member (as long as they are vintage-minded or green) will be thrilled, too!
    I've been flipping through my cookbooks that find some lovely treats that I haven't yet made. Of course, there are so many, I still haven't pined one down as a definite!

  3. those are great ads! Thanks for sharing:D I just gave you an award on my blog those where very good years :D

  4. Oh staying out of the stores in December is my #1 priority this year. Almost all my gifts are hand-made this year and they are almost all finished too. I'm so pleased with myself. I bought some shiney Mylar wrapping paper and I've been making Christmas chain for the tree and livingroom this year. I have seasonal music on and am just chain linking away. Very De-stressing. We have already had a heck of a winter storm up here in the Northwest and I think we may get more, so "Being Ready" is important this year.
    Julie in Wa

  5. I stay out of stores whenever possible this time of year. 90% or more of my Christmas shopping is done online. I make a few ornaments every year and two of my friends are getting cookies for Christmas.

  6. Count me in! The girls and I have decided to "going back to the olden days" and make gifts. My knitting needles are giving me great pleasure and I end up with useful & lovely items.
    As well, I too, remember the Viewmaster. Trying to get the kids of today interested is a bit tricky though!

  7. I have an electric blanket like that! :)

    And count me in your "buying less Christmas". I was a very good wife today. I bought DH a gift a week ago, priced 136 dollars, and saw it yesterday discounted with 45 dollars. That made me angry. So I called the shop I bought it in and asked if it was possible to return it and get my money back - it was. Then I called the other and asked them to put one aside for me. And voila - I've saved 45 dollars. :)


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