December 18, 2013

Christmas...A Trip Down Memory Lane

 When I was born 100 years ago pictures were taken mostly on special occasions because cameras, film, flashbulbs, and developing were all very expensive.  

Christmas was one of those special occasions.  Yep, everyone brought out their Kodaks and flashbulbs at Christmas 


I think I was 3 in this picture.  I love looking in the background...Check out the cool TV.  The coffee grinder on top of the TV and the grandfather clock were already vintage and used as decor pieces.  The walls were painted a clay color, everything in decorating cycles around again.  

How about that Charlie Brown tree?


I was 5 in this picture.  I remember getting this huge stand up cardboard doll for Christmas and I loved my black patent leather shoes that matched hers.  

That's my brother Scott in both pictures, he's 13 months older than me (And I never let him forget it lol!)


I'm signing off for Christmas and it's going to be a busy one

 My Mom is moving Friday to one of those fabulous 5 star retirement communities that has a dining room, coffee shop, every activity under the sun, transportation, weekly housekeeping, a gym, (When we toured the community there was a lady in the gym lifting weights, she was 103 years old!!!!).   Mom will be just a mile from my home, right in downtown Orlando.  It's really a fun place and I'm so excited for her.  Then Monday my 17 and 21 year old nieces are coming from Minnesota for 9 days, fun, fun, fun.....Yikes, hold down blog world for me, I will drop in when I can.  

 I wish you all a wonderful Christmas.  One that is filled with tons of memories captured on pictures to be passed down through the ages.......Now, don't forget to buy flashbulbs!

Happy Creating
Carol

51 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Carol- What wonderful old photos. Gosh you were cute. Good for your Mom for getting into a wonderful spot so close to you. Many of the places today are marvelous. Enjoy your time away with your family, Carol. You deserve the break. God bless and Merry, Merry Christmas- xo Diana

E said...

Love the photos, your TV is great Glad you have your mom in such a great place that brings a great sense of peace I'm sure Merry Christmas, Elaine

Melodee said...

awe what cute pix! how nice to have your mamma close by! have a wonderful holiday :)

Createology said...

Carol you are so adorable...then and now! I love your Mary Jane shoes too. Blessings for mom moving into Club Fun. Enjoy time with family and friends. Merry Christmas Peace and Joy Dear...

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh I love looking at the rooms pictured in Christmas Past photos!
How fun and exciting.
You're such a cute little girl!
Merry Christmas! ~ Pat

A Paris Flea said...

Ah, aren't you guys sweet!!! That TV is way cool! Love the clock also. Well your mom's new digs doesn't sound like "Shady Pines"...
Merry Joyful Christmas!!!

Kathy said...

Oh, a very Merry Christmas to you!! Loved the pictures of the days when Christmas was more "real". Enjoy the holiday!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with those you love, Carol! Love the photos!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Merry Christmas, Carol! xoxo Kathleen

Cheryl Lawson said...

Hi Carol,
You are so lucky to have those vintage family Christmas photos...they evoke happy memories of a simpler time. I think we all had those Charlie Brown trees back then. Funny, they didn't have to be "perfect" to be special to us as kids. What a fun post! Thanks for sharing and have a very Merry Christmas!
Cheryl

MY SHABBY FRENCH LIFE said...

You were a cute little girl, and it's always interesting to have a look at the past, may be to be able to leave nostalgia behind, moreover if your mum is going to one of these club xxl stars !
Hoping you'll had a great time for christmas.

xoxo from PARIS (sun, sky blue and good temperature what did we need else ?)
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boopnut said...

What some cute memories! Glad you had flashbulbs! I have very few pics of me when I was little. My older sister had the camera! Merry Christmas (can I move in by your Mom?)
Deb

Kelley said...

Hahaha! I loved the pics... especially those spindly legs, girl! I have some of me like those and they are treasures. I was only born ninety years ago though. Just thought I'd remind you. I'm 16 months older than my sister, and she NEVER reminds me, Carol. Boy! What a sister you are!

Happy for your mother! Can you share the secret of getting her interested in moving? I need your tips for my mother. :-) I WORRY SO...

Have a very blessed Christmas, beautiful lady,
Kelley~

Perfectly Printed said...

What great photos!! Such fun memories! Enjoy having family visit for Christmas!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You look so cute and happy! Sure brings back memories...I think we had that same brown sofa! I'll try to post a pic of my living room one year. Merry Christmas my friend!

Curtains in My Tree said...

I just love seeing pictures like that
thanks for sharing
Also glad you Mom found such a nice place to live close to you

Merry Christmas

Iprefervintage said...

Sounds like you have a nice holiday planned. Enjoy.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your pictures are so precious Carol! I also had a cardboard doll like yours and loved her until she fell apart. So happy to hear your mother will be so close and in such a fun retirement community (my mom loves hers) A very Merry Christmas to you!

Diane said...

Very fun pictures! Merry Christmas!!

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Carol, I love these pictures! And wow...I wanna retire where your mom is moving! Merry Christmas to you! xo

Celestina Marie said...

Aren't you a cutie. Love seeing these pics and the vintage decor. Love the TV. Enjoy your family and congrats to your mom on her new place.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.
Hugs!

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

What a cutiepie! And you haven't changed. Enjoy the holidays. It sounds as if your mother will be entering a whole new wonderful phase in her life. Send good wishes and Merry Christmas to you and your whole family. Love, Eileen

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

A weight lifting 103 year old? Awesome! I want to lift weights when my back is better.

Love those old pics. I have precious few from my childhood. I can just hear that flash going off. Such a wonderful poofing/snapping sound!

Have a wonderful time with your fam!

pipigirl said...

have a very Merry Christmas Carol. enjoy being with your family. hoping a smooth transition for your mama too. we will miss you, and see you in 14.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Very cute pictures, Carol! You look adorable!
Merry Christmas to you and your family! Have a great time with your nieces!
Hugs,
Julia

Maureen Wyatt said...

What happy memories those pictures evoke! You were a cutie pie. I have a brother that is 11 mths. younger than me and we always thought it was cool that we were 'twins' for one month of the year. Merry Christmas!!!

Acorn to Oak said...

Those are fun photos. Makes me want to go dig through old photos and try to find some Christmas pictures. It's amazing how we have so few pictures from youth compared to the thousands and thousands we take now. Your dress reminds me of one I had.

Good luck with your mom's move. Sounds like a great place she's moving to. That's nice that she'll be close by. Wow!...103 and lifting weights! That's amazing and awesome! I want to be like that...but, I need to start lifting weights! lol

Merry Christmas!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

You were so cute! I love our digital camera because I can take as many pictures as I want and don't have to worry about the expense! BUT we don't seem to hardly ever get any developed and I miss having them in photo albums or to show people! Have a great Christmas! Nancy

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Awww....very sweet photos and look at your cute and happy face!

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you, my friend!
love,
deb

Marilyn said...

Love the pictures, but, if they were taken "100" years or so ago, I must be 152!! Merry Christmas and enjoy time with your family.♥♫

Betty W said...

These pictures remind me of my childhood. Yes, taking pictures back than was a whole different story.

Donna said...

What great Christmas photos and memories, Carol! My parents had Brownie cameras too, as well as a "home movie" camera. If you have a second, pop by my blog, as I just did a post on some tote bags I created, that were inspired by you! And I of course gave you credit for the inspiration:) Merry Christmas!

Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

I enjoyed reading about your Christmas memories and seeing your pictures they are great.
Hope your mothers move go's well.
Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.
Denise

vintage grey said...

Such darling photos of your childhood! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!! xo Heather

Betty Smith said...

And I bet your mom made both dresses in your pictures.
Merry Christmas.

Nicole Furney said...

Merry Christmas Carol! :)

Laurel Stephens said...

I loved seeing your childhood photos. What fun!

Amy Jo said...

Carol you were so cute!! I am glad you shared those pictures. I know your mom is going to be happy. Especially knowing you are so close.

Merry Christmas,
Amy Jo

Ros Crawford said...

Yikes we had a Brownie camera too! Great photos ... I LOVE those shoes!! Have a beautiful Christmas!

Barbara said...

Love the photos! Reminds me of my childhood..Have a wonderful Christmas!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Merry Christmas! I loved looking at your photos... enjoy your family!

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Adorable pictures of you and your brother.

Merry Christmas Carol!

Little Miss Maggie said...

This was too funny. Thanks for the fun photos. Have a wonderful Christmas.

Annabel Smith said...

Hi Carol I have read your blog for a while now and I noticed you are also participating in the Pillowcase project! After Christmas I am writing a feature on that on my blog and mean time I have added you to blogs I follow on my page. Ill do the same on my fb page after Christmas with all the blogs supporting the project. I think people are so busy now and to wait another week or two and promote the pillowcase project then. I am a very new blog but I love shabby chic and all things girly... my blog is only two months old... http://thebluebirdsarenesting.blogspot.com.au/ Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year, Annabel.

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

Lovely post and photos. I adore old pictures and looking at Christmas past.

Trisha said...

Great photos, thanks Carol for sharing them. I remember Christmas time back in the 50's, and how we appreciated everything so much.

Hope you are blessed with a wonderful Christmas this year,
Trisha

Katie said...

Thank you for all the wonderful tutorials, I love your blog. Such cute pics-my Mom(93) just moved in with my sister; it's good to know they're safe and well taken care of, isn't it?
Kathy

Marlynne said...

Enjoyed your Memory Lane pictures! Happy about your mothers move close by! Merry Christmas to you too!

Donna said...

Love the old photos, LOL. Best wishes to your mom at her new home.

Merry Christmas to you, sweetie!

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

Omg love the photos! Nostalgia creeping in! I love the vintage details in the background and gosh you are so adorable. Happy Holidays! And please do drop by when you can. We look forward to your wonderful posts ♥

Stampindamour said...

So sweet! Love the old photos! ♥

Merry Christmas & HAPPY New Year!

-pamela