It just wouldn’t feel like Christmas without a house tour.
Even if we’re not home this year, we still wanted to open our home.
I found a set of these red Noma bells at an estate sale a while back and knew immediately what I’d do with them. Four more sets and a box of “blinkers” later and I swear our front door has never looked so festive.
The big tree this year is entirely American unsilvered glass World War 2 era ornaments.
When silver nitrate – used to make ornaments reflective – was deemed unnecessary during the war, the ornament designers countered with hand-painted details and colors that look like stained glass…. especially when the sunlight shines through them.
If you look closely, you’ll notice that some of them even have pieces of tinsel inside and a few have paper caps and hangers – those are the absolute rarest.
On the mantle is my ever-growing collection of plastic Santas.
Made by companies like Union, Miller, Empire, Rosen and Rosbro. Most of these are dime store candy containers.
One of them is even a baby rattle.
My Rosbro snowmen candy containers have been moved to the coffee table with a vase of Kentlee glass candy canes.
There’s a smaller tree filled with quite a few early Corning-made ornaments. These were designed by the Stuben glass division of Corning. The designers looked for inspiration from German imports, but their deco shapes were more streamlined and decidedly American looking.
I’m completely obsessed with finding them.
The C-6 cone lights and punched tin reflectors are from the 40s too. They heat up pretty quickly, so I have them on a tabletop dimmer.
There’s a third tree in the living room
This one’s even more 1940s ornaments; mostly early stencils and hand-painted designs.
If you’ll look closely, you’ll see there’s also a flock of Santas.
I’m pretty sure they were made by the Coby Glass Company.
And the rest of us wanted to wish y’all a Very Merry Christmas.
And a Shiny & Brite New Year!