As far back as I can remember, I have always loved Christmas. In fact, soon into my love affair with the most wonderful time of the year, I began spending time far in advance of the actual date getting ready.
As I kid, I often spent the summer months making ornaments. Since I was off from school, it seemed like the perfect time to open up Santa’s workshop. My favorite one read “May the true spirit of Christmas dwell in your heart all the year through.” I still have it, and keep it hanging from the knob on the china cabinet in my dining room all year long.
In addition to making ornaments in the summer, I also began collecting vintage décor that I found at flea markets and estate sales. When I was 10, I even put an ad in the local paper saying that I was looking to buy old Christmas ornaments.
I’ll never forget my Dad taking me to the home of a woman who called in response to the ad. She brought out several boxes of early 1900s German ornaments and I was in hog heaven. I bought them all with money I’d earned doing odd jobs. And today I still have some of them, in addition to ornaments I found in many other places that summer.
In fact, summer is an EXCELLENT time to find vintage Christmas décor, because it is off-season, and for many who might be deemed ‘normal’, it seems crazy to even be thinking about the holidays.
Yesterday was one such day here in NYC. It was the hottest day of the year so far, but that didn’t stop me from heading to the flea market. As I wiped sweat from my brow with a vintage bandana, I found several boxes of vintage holiday items and acquired them all for $20.
Yes it is six months until Christmas, but for those of us who are collectors, now is the prime time to get great deals. And for me, its just another way to keep celebrating my favorite holiday all year long.
In fact, I’ll keep some of the ornaments I purchased this weekend in a bowl on a shelf in my home. Call me crazy, but even when the mercury rises like it did today, a bowl of sweet vintage Christmas baubles makes me feel kinda warm and fuzzy. Of course this feeling is aided by the air conditioning, which is on full blast!
Christmas in July…It’s more than just an opportunity to get great savings, it’s also a chance to celebrate. As the old song goes.. “We need a little Christmas, right this very minute.” If it was good enough for Auntie Mame, it’s good enough for me!