Saturday, December 10, 2022

Decking the Halls with Christmas Collections

Hi Friends, Welcome to the Christmas Edition of our Lifestyle of Love Gathering hosted by our fun friend Cindy of County Road 407. If you're coming from Laura's Blog, Decor to Adore you're so welcome here and I'm so glad you're following the Hop. 

YOU ALL, we're in for a fun gathering today! This group gets together every other month and shares our take on different subjects concerning vintage decorating and decor. This month we're sharing our "collections" which is like opening Pandora's Box for all of us who love and collect vintage items! I have a few items that might be considered "collections", but today I'm going to highlight those vintage items that pertain or can be used at Christmas.  

First of all I'm sharing my small collection of White Churches, many of which are vintage paper pieces and Putz churches and then some are contemporary ceramic pieces. The fun of collections for me, is in the display of them in decor. Since we've moved here to this house my "Christmas Church" collection has been focused here on the family sideboard in the Hearth Room.

I love the little shelf above the mirror on the sideboard, because it's a nice size to display smaller items, so some of my white cardboard Putz houses and churches are here.

On the base of the sideboard are three light up churches from the 90's that were part of a village Christmas group. I gave them a makeover a few years ago to make them more "white" to match my decor.

And while we're talking about collections, I have a bunch of vintage Christmas ornaments; mostly Shiny Brites which I've picked up over my years of selling vintage. I try to concentrate on gold, silver, and white mercury glass pieces. A few pastels have managed to sneak in too. It's easy to use them as "bowl fillers" and display them in groups in dough bowls, tureens, baskets and to dress up a shelf display.

Here are two little ceramic churches that were from Target a few years ago.

And here are some pics of the "before" churches.

You can check out that post by clicking below.

Another piece of antique furniture that I have that's especially fun to share different collections at Christmas is my old Pie Safe, which I've dubbed the Holiday Cupboard. It came by that name because it's a fun place to decorate with seasonal and holiday themes. This Christmas display from a few years ago featured some of my collection of vintage Tartan Scottish biscuit and candy tins. transferware, and white ceramic houses.

I have quite a few pieces of transferware; some are sets, but most have been picked up one piece at a time. During the Christmas season I bring out the red pieces and use them throughout my holiday decor.  You can usually find plates along the back of my cupboards and cups, saucers and sugar bowl spread around.

If you look closely you can see a few of my nativity sheep that are scattered around the tureens and red transferware. Of course anything Tartan Plaid has become a real obsession for Christmas. It lends itself to any and all Christmas collections.

These little plaid houses are ornaments that match the larger
plaid house that I shared in the Christmas Kitchen last year.

White ironstone tureens, platters, and pitchers are another collection that is perfect for Christmas display. I scatter them around the house for an instant Christmas display by just adding a bit of red plaid ribbon.

sweet little lamby faces.

The little round tin with the castle (above) is a toffee tin from Leeds.

My Scottish candy and biscuit tins are a real favorite and I keep my eyes open for them, especially around Christmas. This is a Butter"scotch" tin from Edward Sharp and Sons, Kent, England.

Sometimes I just stack my vintage ornament boxes for a quick fun display.

another year of Christmas with a few of my Putz houses in the Cupboard...

One of my smaller vintage watering cans is filled with
 faux Hydrangeas and greens tied with a red Tartan ribbon.

Here are a few more pics of my Kitchen China Cabinet at Christmas...

This is an "incomplete" collection that was started back in the late 80's of Christmas Plates from Bing and Grondahl titled Christmas in America. I purchased 6 out of 10, and I still hope to finish this set at some point. I had them hanging in one house but since we've moved several times, they've just been put away. I thought of them when I found out this month's post was on "collections". They depict famous buildings and landmarks in the U.S.  

I can't think of a better time of the year than Christmas to share collections. Thanks so much for coming by! We hope you'll continue the Hop by clicking on the next image  to visit with Christy at My Southern Home.  And thanks so much to Cindy for getting this group together!! 


  1. Oh, my Debra! I always love peeking into your home, but Christmas always steals my heart. I just love the way you have displayed the little Christmas houses. Merry Christmas!

  2. So many amazing collections, Debra! Shiny Brite ornaments are so hard to find down here so it's super cool you have so many! I love how they add just an extra bit of sparkle ot any tree, room or vignette. The way you displayed your church collection with them and the bottle brush trees is really pretty and you know I'm crazy for all the plaid, ironstone, transferware and farmhouse touches throuhgout your home. I could totally move right in! Wishing you and your family (and the new baby) a warm and happy Christmas season, CoCo

  3. Wow are you blessed with so many beautiful Christmas vintage collections. I love your plaid touches on your shelves and those Christmas churches and villages are prescious. Pinned and happy to be hopping with you!

  4. What a beautiful tour. I love all your neutral and whites with touches of green and red. The white church collection is so sweet. Thanks for sharing your beautiful decor with us. xoxo Kris

  5. You should see the smile on my face right now. I love every. single. collection! So many that I'd love to have and a few I've never thought to collect but totally want too! Like plaid! And those American Christmas plates! And the churches! I've never thought to change (or paint) anything I saw that didn't work with my decor so I love your creativity and hope to remember that when I go treasure hunting again soon. I also have a problem looking beyond what I'm wanting that day. I go with a certain thought and miss out on so much! Maybe that means I'm small minded? Hoping it's just goal oriented. ;) I really loved your entire post and still have that smile on my face. Thank you for joining us each time we do this. I love this group!

    1. Cindy, ahhhh, thankyou so much. I'm just an absolute collector. I get it from my Daddy. If I have one thing and see another like it, well... instant collection! My problem is more like I want everything I see, haha!!! Thanks so much for putting these together. You know I enjoy them so very much!!

  6. Every photo has me swooning! The white churches are exquisite and I"m so glad you still have your shiny brite boxes! I only have one of the original boxes. Ah, well. And of course you know I love your lambs and Bing and Grondahl. (Mine are European -- love your Americans!) And oh! The tartan! Smiles! The churches are so beautiful with your ornament collection. Absolutely splendid, Debra!

  7. This is true eye candy Debra. You have so many incredible collections. I love the white churches and really want to start looking for them to start a collection. And the little plaid houses you said were ornaments are precious. And all your gorgeous ornaments are gorgeous. This was such a fun tour of your vintage collections. Happy holidays my friend.

  8. Love seeing all your amazing collections for Christmas, Debra. You style them so beautifully. I have a church collection, too; still working on that display with my "new" arched windows as a backdrop;). Adore how you styled the top of the cupboard with the basket on it's side; art, indeed! I need to find some old sheep one of these days, too. And a Christmas plaid metal picnic basket. Nope...can never have enough vintage collections. Merry Christmas!

  9. Debra,
    What a beautiful post!! I love all your stunning collections and how you have them displayed! You garden room always delight me!! So charming!! I hope you have a great week!!

  10. Where did you get that large white candle? I love it, quite a statement piece!

  11. I love your collections and they make my spirit bright!


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