A Very Vintage Christmas


THAT CUTE HOUSE, above, is an 1810 Greek Revival jewel built by a sea captain in Greenport, Long Island. It now belongs to Adrienne Grande, who bought it recently and has been fixing it up for the past year. It looks mighty spiffy with the wreath on its freshly painted picket fence.


At Christmastime, Adrienne brings out her mom’s collection of vintage tree ornaments from the 1940s and ’50s. The peach, above, brought back a sudden memory of being invited to help decorate our next-door neighbors’ tree in Queens. I could swear they had that same peach, as well as a plum, a banana, and other fruit. I was about 5 at the time, but the delight I took in those ornaments persists to this day.



So bring on the family heirlooms, the nostalgic music (I just heard Aaron Neville’s exquisite Holy Night on WBGO), and have yourselves a joyful and very vintage Christmas.


About cara

I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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7 Responses to A Very Vintage Christmas

  1. Terry says:

    I can’t resist Greek revival anything, so far at least. Thanks so much for your posts and our very best wishes to you and your family.

  2. cara says:

    Same to you & yours, Terry. Onward to another productive year of blogging for both of us, yes?

  3. coppermaven says:

    A blog about xmas ornaments when you poured the guilt on me for having a tree in the past?!?

  4. cara says:

    Cop, I’m getting very ecumenical in my old age;-)

  5. Kimberly says:

    Happy New Year, Cara. Growing up we had that same ornament. Now I’m wondering what happened to it.

  6. cara says:

    Happy holidays to you too, Kimberly. Probably you can find it on eBay if you really want to!

  7. Adrienne says:

    Thanks so much for the mention……..looking forward to more collaborating!

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