So, now it all makes sense. I finally understand why I just can't get enough vintage Christmas.
As a child of the 1960s, I grew up in an era when this was what passed for holiday decor.
A tree made of Q-Tips, or, excuse me, cotton swaps . Of course I look at this and I'm struck by how that's a perfectly good waste of those Japanese glass beads between those Q-Tips.
A wreath made of plastic forks. (Again, a waste of those beads.)
A very scary Santa door hanging made from a place mat, yarn balls and straw cornucopias. Why?
Pop can pull tab "ornaments.''
Actually, I had forgotten much of this until at a recent rummage sale I found four Christmas craft magazines from the late 1960s.
Fortunately, not everything I saw was hideous.
One magazine had an ad for the Gurley Candle Co., which was down the Thruway in Buffalo.
And this, the Helen Gallagher Foster House Catalog was still stuck inside one of the magazines.
Look ! It's real vintage Christmas. I actually have those salt and pepper shakers, well, at least the salt, those felt light switch covers and of course the little Santa mugs. They orginally sold for $1 each.
And look here. There's one of my Holt Howard Santa candle holders with the catalog version just below. And, to the lower left, isn't that Magpie Ethel's tin Christmas card holder with the pop-up Santa marker?
Ahh, my version of the 1960s.