Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tuesday Tidbits - December 5, 2017

Vintage Ornaments on my Mother's Christmas Tree
Good morning, Sweet Ladies! Happy Tuesday!

Since the rest of the week is going to be crazy busy I'd thought I'd check in this morning and just touch base. 

I'm not sure what happened yesterday. I posted my usual Happy Homemaking Monday post early in the morning and, as far as I know, it never did go through to those who subscribe by e-mail. (I am hoping that this one goes through!) It does that every great once in a while and I don't know if it's on Blogger's end or on my end somewhere, but, whatever is causing it, it's a bit maddening. If anyone else is having trouble receiving the blog posts by e-mail, please, let me know so I can check into it further. 

Our youngest son and his family came over last night and we had a nice visit with them. While they were here we made a quick run around town to see the Christmas lights. There's not a lot of them, but what there is is really nice...especially the Engle family's display over on Gross Street. Every year they add new things to it and it's grown to be a couple or three blocks long now. This was the first time that I had seen it this year and it was very nice!

Vintage Ornaments on my Mother's Christmas Tree
I have posted a couple of pictures above of vintage ornaments on my mom's Christmas tree. My mom's been gone going on 13 years now and, after she passed away, my dad wouldn't have a Christmas tree up in the house. Dad passed away last year and, in December, I found Mom's tree and ornaments packed in a barrel in the shed. I got it out and put it up for the first time since she passed. 

In the ornament box I found two twisted aluminum icicles. When I was a child they were my favorite Christmas ornaments! My grandma (mom's mom) had ones from the 1940's on her tree and I remember when Mom bought a box of them in the 1960's for ours. I had begged for them and they were much cherished. I was surprised to find that two of them had survived all these years and, to be honest, if I hadn't seen them, I probably would never have remembered that they existed at all.

Anyway...here a while back I thought, "I wonder if there's any more of those out there somewhere? I'd love to have enough of them to really decorate Mom's tree." I did a search online and found several boxes of them, but only one that I could afford and that was on Etsy...so...I bought them!

They had been used, obviously (they had black thread attached to them as hangers) but were in nice condition and arrived in the original 1940's packaging. I recognized the Santa in the airplane, probably from my grandmother's box of them, and was thrilled to have them in my possession! 

Vintage 1940's Diamond Ray Jeweled Icicls
There were other boxes online that I recognized...newer than the ones I bought with Santa and his sleigh and team instead of the Santa in the airplane. I'm guessing that those are the ones that my mom purchased in the 1960's. 

I remember her buying them at Gamble's in Blue Springs. It sat at the corner of 40 Highway and 10th Street in a little strip-mall that used to be there. There was a bakery next door that sat on the very corner (I remember Grandpa buying me cream horns there), but I can't remember what sat on the other side of it. I can even see the couple that owned Gamble's. Her name was Betty and his was George. They had a fire in the 1970's and that was the end of Gamble's in Blue Springs. 

Oh, my! I sure didn't mean to get off into all of that. It all just came rolling back and so vividly! Wow!

Anyway...I'm thankful I found the ornaments. They really do dress Mom's little tree up and just seeing them hanging there makes me happy. They bring back so many fond childhood memories of past Christmases!

Tomorrow is when I go for allergy testing in Springfield. I will share more about all of this after we find out more and in a future post. In the meantime, I'm a little nervous about it, so prayers would be greatly appreciated. 

Well, I suppose I should get off here and fix lunch. You all have a great day and I'll talk to you again soon!

Until then...

Recent posts that you might enjoy:

Happy Homemaking Monday - December 4, 2017

Rebecca's HEARTH AND HOME Newsletter - December 2017


  1. I love vintage ornaments...my mother had some beautiful ones. Im so sad we dont have them anymore
    Thank you for sharing yours
    Phoebe x

    1. Thanks, Phoebe! Appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment. Have a wonderful day and a very Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁🎄 Blessings! 💕

  2. Hugs to you! Great memories. Glad you write them down. Wish I had known about your testing earlier. I could have gone with you.


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