Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Are you unwrapping good times and eating lots of holiday pie? Get another dose of cheer with these cute and funny vintage holiday photos from fellow readers and bloggers. Thanks again to all who participated - you guys are great! I would also like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas! Thank you for the amazing year and I look forward to sharing another inspiring year with you in 2009. Enjoy...

Aww...look at that hat and those dolls! Here's little Cindy from Quaint Handmade.

Love your coat Laura from bellwether days! Although she says, "I may have not always loved the gifts I got (such as this furry itchy coat), but I always loved our family's tradition of homemade rice pudding on Christmas Eve. One pudding had an almond hidden inside, and whoever had it got to open a present early."

Fifi from Fifi Flowers Design Decor sent a lovely photo of her boys when they were younger during Christmas time!

Ann from Still Dottie says, "We're a Christmas Eve kind of family. We usually cozy up after a big meal to open gifts and watch Christmas Vacation. Towards the end of the night I usually end up eating ten of my Mom's sour cream cookies during a cribbage or uecker game."

Every Christmas Anne from The City Sage and her husband do a photo shoot designed to get their friends and family laughing, and then put them in cheesy cards and mail them to all their loved ones!

April, also known as Girl Japan, says her Christmas tradition was making yummy cookies with Mum and nibbling along the way, while singing to Holiday tunes and stealing sips of Egg Nog (the real one)!

Kelly from Have Degree, Will Travel says her tradition is, "every year my parents, brother and I take an evening and watch A Muppet Family Christmas and read A Night Before Christmas. My punk little brother, who'll be 21 in May, throws an absolute fit if one of us happens to forget."

Little Traci, also know as Mrs. French, from the wonderful blog Bliss!

Jan from Daisy Janie has a fun tradition where her son makes what he dubbed “Wowie Bowie” gorp for his grandparents/aunts/uncles since he was a toddler. She says, "He picks out the ingredients, mixes it and bags it. He makes a holiday picture that I add to little tags for the bags. Everyone looks forward to it each year – and he loves doing it!"

Adorable Summer from Source of Winsome!

Here's Alison from For You To See at her first Christmas back in 1986. She says, "I was about 3 months old and couldn't sit up by myself. However my parents still wanted a picture of me with the tree, and you can see my Mom's arm sticking out from the side of the train to prop me up. I look a little witless and quite similar to the piglet doll next to me."

Go back to Christmas 1971 with Lecia from A Day That Is Dessert. Here she is at age 2 with a lovely coat made by her Grandmother. How sweet and fashionable!

Love this vintage photo of Georgia's dad when he was a wee tot. Georgia from Jorjah-B says, "My mom and dad's favorite Christmas tradition while he was still here was to listen to Handel's Messiah from beginning to end in one sitting. They did it every year and were moved to tears every time. Now my mom must listen alone, but I know she feels my dad right there with her when she listens." Georgia also has her own tradition to get bundled up and go sledding as a family of seven - which is another reason she chose this snowy pic.

December 1984 with Milena from Quiet the Thunder!

I had to post these two great photos from Jude at Randomly Run4istRun. The first one is of Jude at six years old when she says, "my Mother was still very much in control of the length of my hair and wardrobe selections." The next hilarious one is of Jude's daughter. Jude remembers, "going to her daycare facility that day, as the kids were putting on a Christmas presentation (of course she was one of the reindeer) and I found her there in the bathroom. She gave me the sweetest smile ever and I couldn't resist taking a picture." How cute and funny!

Here's Stella from Travel with Mind and Body through World at 2 years old watching a Nativity in Italy, which she now does every year with her family!

Jessica from Wayfaring Wanderer. Look at that cute little outfit!

Gretchen, from Gypsy Sky, and her sister singing on Christmas Eve. She even made a card out of the photo!

Veronica from veronica's corner "freaking out" on top of Santa's lap at a young age. Poor thing!

Cute Jodi from sea & jae at about 2 ½ in this photo. She says, "I have always kept it because I loved that wooden lamb I got from Santa. I loved it so much that I still have it! I plan on giving it to one of my kids when they have children."

Don't cry Courtney from In(side) the Loop! She says, "Nothing beats the wars me and my siblings would have with the old silver tinsel! Did you know you can shock the heck out of someone by holding the tinsel in hand and rubbing your feet (must have on socks) all along the carpet, building up static electricity? Then ever so delicately reach out and touch someone with the tinsel. We were always looking over our shoulders during Christmas festivities!"

Joyce from A Perfect Beginning has a tradition of hiding a pickle ornament in the tree and whoever finds it first wins a special gift!

Christmas 1968 with Victoria from The Silly BooDilly - she's the one in the homemade apron!

I guess a holiday post wouldn't be complete without posting my own vintage holiday photo. Here's my first Christmas photo with Santa in 1982...still makes me smile!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

40 comments:

aimee said...

these are beyond priceless! especially the screaming babies on santa's lap! this is by far the best christmas post i've seen. hope you had a great one :)

Fiesta Lady said...

My favorite that touched my heart on this Christmas day is of Georgia's dad. Enjoyed every single photo!

Georgia B. said...

this was a wonderful post! i'm going to get my mother now to show her. she will be so thrilled!

thanks for posting all these, Diana. what a great idea for Christmas!!!

K.Line said...

I absolutely love these. Georgia B's story made me cry...

Girl Japan said...

WOW.. thank you Please sir.. this was fun and a fabulous idea... You are the best Diana

Songy said...

What an effort! This is simply brilliant.

Victoria said...

Fabulous and FUN!
Thank you for putting together such a delightful treat!

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Such a wonderful post - thanks for taking the time to put this together Diana! Hope you and your loved ones are having a magical holiday. xoxo Lecia

Gretchen said...

So much fun! Delightful to see the Then's & Now's with the links. Those precious children all grown up.... Brilliant, adorable. Thank you for this effort!

Merry Merry,

xo GG

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

These are great! I know it's wrong but I always love the ones with the freaked out babies. :-) Of course, I found one at my mom's today that would have been perfect. Next year!

shill said...

adorable post!!!

cindy : quaint said...

this is such a wonderful post! thank you so much for doing it, diana. i love seeing them all lined up and reading about the story behind the photo and the traditions. the screaming babies with santa are priceless, but jude's daughter takes the cake - that smile. happy holidays!

Sharon said...

Delightful post!!

fly tie said...

*raises hand as one who ate *too much* pie and cake yesterday*

these are great! i especially love the ones with the kids screaming while on santa's lap. those always make me smile. lol!

Joyce said...

Diana- Thank you! I really enjoyed looking at ALL the photos! I really got a kick out of the little reindeer taking a potty break!!!
Enjoy. xoxo...

littlebyrd said...

Merry Christmas Diana! I hope you had a wonderful day. These photos are a riot!

Char said...

what great sharing!!! So much fun and reminded me much of my childhood.

Anil P said...

Such a variety :)

suzanne cabrera said...

I love this post!!!!! One of your best to date! So great to see glimpses of your readers' lives!!!!

mary said...

These are hilarious. Crying kids in Santa's lap always crack me up!

[I'm sorry I couldn't get my butt in gear to contribute a photo of my own...boo!]

Katy said...

Great idea. I agree with mary. I should have got my lazy butt in gear to contribute too. Maybe I will just dig out my photo album just for kicks!

please sir said...

Thanks guys - I had a wonderful holiday - still enjoying it!

Munted kowhai said...

it is so neat to see what each blogger looked like when they were wee ones! Thanks for the super cute compilation!

a print a day said...

LOL jude!

i love it!!!

merry christmas diana!

Esti said...

the best post ever
:)
Happy Christmas to you too!!

Hey Harriet said...

What fun! This was so lovely of you to put together. I really enjoyed these holiday pics!

May the year 2009 be everything you hope it to be. And more!

Jude said...

You did a great job with this post (amazing as always)! Hope your Christmas was and the rest of your holiday weekend will be wonderful! XO

My Castle in Spain said...

i'm sure you're having great fun !!
these pics convey such a joyful Christmas spirit..
thanks for sharing !!
:-)

Fifi Flowers said...

FUN Christmas memories! I hope you are ENJOYing this FAB time of year! GREAT to be part of your post! Fifi

Blair said...

What an absolutley ADORABLE posts. So fun to see everyone as little tykes.

Stacy said...

Happy Holidays! Those pics are all fabulous!

Camille said...

Those were so much fun! I especially like the little girl on the potty seat with the reindeer antlers. That is priceless.

The Lil Bee said...

Diana, this was SUCH a cute idea! I need to get a scanner in '09! You had some of my favorite bloggers here. I love Anne's Christmas card idea, too...hilarious! Hope you're having a great holiday, my dear;)

Leanne said...

I'm catching up on some blogging...

GREAT POST... what a creative idea! Lovely collection of pictures and memories. Merry, merry (belated) Christmas. Joy to you in the New Year.

Savvy Mode SG said...

hope you are enjoying your holiday still.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Love them!!!
I can relate to the crying ones...I used to be so frightened of Santa too...Peace & Joy to you and your lovely family! ~Blessings*

Dottie said...

What a great collection, some of these are just out of control.

Happy Holidays!

{this is glamorous} said...

The poor crying kids on Santa's lap -- completely priceless.

Stella said...

Thank you very much for posted my picture!
I read this post today because i have passed my Christmas holiday and the new year eve in Austria (Wien)

Merry Christmas Diana!

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

This is the cutest post idea -- I love it! So sorry I didn't see in time to send something in! xoxoxo

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