Sunday, July 24, 2011


   A vintage style Christmas is popular and you can choose to capture a 30 year period, perhaps from the late 1930s through the early 60s—or you can choose to be a bit more focused about your vintage Christmas and choose a particular decade to emulate.  The strangest thing is that many things haven't changed when it comes to Christmas, so in order to make things vintage, you'll have to focus on the little things and the signature items of a particular era. You also might want to throw in vintage pictures made into ornaments just to make it clear.


   You can look specifically for Christmas traditions of the era—or you can look for the most popular art styles during the time. Art Deco, Abstraction, Neo Daddaism or even a single artist (like Norman Rockwell) can be your inspiration.

Vintage Ornaments

    You can find these online or at a local vintage or antique store. If you find you like a certain style, you can google the name and you'll often find reproductions for your vintage Christmas.

Old Magazines

    Look for Christmas issues of old women's magazines. They'll generally have pictures of what a Christmas tree looked like back in the day. The internet is a powerful tool—you can use it to find these images.

The Tree

    Feather trees were popular from the 1920s through the early 60s.   They were the first alternatives to real trees. The limbs are generally sparse. The original versions were actually made from feathers, but soon manufacturers used other materials. The actual feather versions are very expensive, and they weren't used for long.

Popular Ornaments by Era

   The 1920s-1930s were a popular time for glass ornaments. They were often silvered and even flocked for a fuzzy texture. A glass Santa might have white flocking for his white hat edge.
   Large, shiny and brightly colored Christmas balls are still popular today. They were all the rage in the 1940s and 50s, as you can see from many vintage chrstmas sites.

Christmas Lights
   Vintage bulbs are thicker and heavier than the pansy stuff we're used to. You can get vintage-style reproduction Christmas lights instead of the small modern ones we generally buy. You can find them on a retail store shelf if you look hard enough.
A vintage Christmas can be really fun, though it does take some work to find everything you need.


   Each year on the second full weekend in July, Pinedale, Wyoming turns back the clock to the time when the Mountain Men would gather together with the native tribes and anyone else to trade their furs and tell their stories.   Back in the 1830s, the Rendezvous could last for months.
   The Rendezvous events include the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal and Forum. Each year, the Mountain Man museum publishes a journal with writings from different authors. At the forum you can meet the authors, hear their presentations. The event is a reception on Friday evening.

   Members of The American Mountain Men Museum will give presentations about what it was like to be a Mountain Man in the early days of the 19th century. You will learn how the started fires, the tools they used in fur trapping, the firearms of the time, how to make rope and hear stories. There is a special program just for children as well.
   The Plains Indian Encampment is located right next to the museum and the village is made the way the Plains Indians lived, with tipis , wickiups, sweatlodges, brush arbors and meat drying racks. The Pageant at the rodeo grounds is a faith full representation of what a real Rendezvous was like. The performance lasts for about an hour and has about 70 participants.

   Trader's Row is where you can get authentic beadwork, pelts, period clothing and accessories and there will also be an Arts & Craft Fair
   The Rendezvous Rodeo at the Rodeo Grounds has very type of rodeo competition there is - Barrel Racing, Senior & Junior Peewee Barres, Breakaway, Calf Roping, Team Roping, Tie Down Roping, Bulls, Bareback and Saddle Bronc.

   There will also be a tour of the exact location of the old Rendezvous, the place where the Green River and Horse Creek meet and don't miss out on the Buffalo Burger Lunc, the annual pancake breakfast, the pie sale and a chance to learn Indian Sign Language.
   There is also a chance to help out a local charity by participating in the Rendezvous,   Ramble 5-Mile Walk or Run, Registration is open right up to race time.

   Other events include the Rendezvous Parade, Women's Frying Pan Toss, Kids Fishing
 Derby, Horse Shoe Tournament, Block Party, Fireworks Show Sponsored by the Sublette County Chamber of  Commerce.  Fireworks and the Farmer's Market & Impromptu Jam Session All Musicians invited.

   There is no other event like the Green River Rendezvous because there is no other place like the Green River. It holds a special place in American history and it tells the special story of the people who are a big part of American folk lore and legend.