Saturday, December 5, 2009

Vintage Christmas and December 7th, 1941...



I first did this post way back in December of 2009, the first year I started blogging... my photos were not the best back then, nor was my spacing, etc...  but my words came straight from my heart...  since it is Pearl Harbor Day Friday, I am posting it again...  with love for our soldiers, their families, our Veterans...  and all whose lives were forever changed that December day back in 1941...  linking this post with Vintage Christmas at Debra's place, Common Ground... and What's It Wednesdays with Patti and Paula at Ivy and Elephants... my daddy had only been gone two years when I did this post...  it has now been five years and I miss him so...  daddy...  enjoy your shot of whiskey and your War stories shared with your beloved comrades...  I am so very proud of you...


Before I can begin my Vintage Christmas post today  I will honor Pearl Harbor Day, and take time to think about the events that took place and the lives that were affected on December 7th, 1941... a day in history that forever changed the world... I will honor my daddy, who passed away two years ago at 91 years young, and who had already enlisted before Pearl Harbor Day and served his country proudly during World War II...and his life... years later retiring as a Colonel in the United States Army... a member of "the greatest generation" and WWII Veteran......every December 7th, until one by one they all passed away, my daddy and the remaining members of his old Army Garrison Unit gathered for Pearl Harbor Day, to honor those fellow soldiers who didn't make it home from the War and share their own stories once more... daddy, I hope you are enjoying seeing all of your fellow soldiers once again and having your shot of whiskey with them... and swapping War stories... I would give anything to hear them "just one more time"...I will never forget all of the things I learned from you about WWII and our great country...I am so proud of you daddy, I love you and I miss you so very much...I will also take time to honor those now serving in our Armed Forces today...may God bless you and keep you safe... Christmas in 1941 was a somber time for the United States and much of the world... A beloved Bob Hope started his tradition of entertaining our troops that year... something he continued to do over the next fifty plus years of his life... I love this old photo below of Bob Hope and singer Frances Langford... Isn't she stunning!... Growing up it was a family tradition each year for my mama, my daddy, my sisters and me to gather around our old black and white television set ( then color tv in later years) and watch Bob Hope's Christmas special... I still get a lump in my throat thinking about that, and all of our troops so very far away from home at Christmas time... both then and now... Bob... "Thanks for the Memories"... (if you are too young to know this, that was Bob Hope's theme song)...


Christmas time during World War II brought many changes as well... Americans were asked to conserve energy and use Christmas lights sparingly... Americans were also required to only turn their Christmas lights on when they were home and able to diminish them quickly in the event of an air raid and blackout... This old set of lights of mine is from the late 1930's ~ early 1940's... they still work, but we do not use them for safety reasons...




The boxes are so very precious, I set them out under our tree that is decked out in all vintage ornaments... this box is marked "1935"...





These old bubble lights and adorable little snowmen still work as well, but like the strands, we do not use them for safety reasons...




Because Americans still wanted to light up their trees during time of War, they used these wonderful old reflectors... a reflector would be placed behind a bulb and reflect the light, making it appear as if there were many more lights on the tree, while still saving energy...





I have posted before about how very sentimental and emotional I get over these precious treasures from so long ago... I feel such a closeness to their previous owners who have passed on... my mama, my daddy and my sister Jo have all passed on now (I miss you mama, daddy and Gogo and I love you all so much!)... when my sister Jo passed away in 2000 my daddy sold the house he and my mama had lived in and bought the house next door to my little sister so he would be closer to all of our family... the man who was selling his other house for him stole a number of things we had yet to move, including almost all of our family's very old Christmas ornaments and decorations... we were never able to recover these family heirlooms... my heart still aches... not for monetary reasons, but for sentimental ones... I did have my little treasures from my childhood and some ornaments (very few) had already been moved to daddy's new house... one of the most precious things we had while I was growing up, for as far back as I can remember, is this old Santa that hung outside our front door every Christmas... and then at my daddy's house after he moved... when he passed away two years ago, I inherited Santa... This would have to be my most prized vintage Christmas possession because of all the wonderful childhood memories it evokes...


I tell myself our family treasures that were stolen were probably sold, (I still want to get my hands on that creep! ), and I can only hope that someone nice was able to buy them and will give them a good home and love and cherish them as much as I did... like I now do the treasures I have found over the years that once belonged to someone elses family as well and now are a part of mine... no one can take my memories away... but I miss those shabby little old things so much... Bisous...







55 comments:

  1. Julie,
    What a lovely post about wartime Christmas Decorations. I really had no idea about these reflectors until you mentioned it to me while you were in the shop last week.

    Christmastime, especially while our country is involved in a conflict overseas, is a wonderful time to express our gratitude to our troops and let them know how much we appreciate their sacrifices on our behalf. Thank you so much for the reminder.

    Glad you are back and blogging!

    Kelly
    Second Hand Chicks

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  2. Such a beautiful, heartfelt post Julie!! Thank you for adding in the bits of history too!! I always love to learn about things like this. Your vintage lights and ornaments are just amazing! i dont think I have ever seen such a huge collection for Christmas!! You are so lucky!
    Love you sweetie,
    Amy

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  3. Wow, Julie, you have such a wonderful collection of vintage Christams decorations!

    Your posts are always lovely and meaningful!

    What is up with Blogger?!?! I'm trying to publish my Pink Saturday post for tomorrow morning and I keep getting an error?!?!?!

    I'm not a happy camper right now!!!

    Hugs,
    Marsha

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  4. What a warm and heartfelt post. It was a wonderful story you shared with us.

    Cheers,

    Jo

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  5. Just an awesome post....there's hardly a more amazing feeling than unearthing a trove of vintage christmas treasures. I HAUNT the thrift stores this time of year for that very reason! Thanks for posting :)

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  6. I really love this post, Julie Marie. You wear your heart on your sleeve and I love that about you. You father sounds like he was a wonderful man and this and other posts of yours have paid tribute to that.

    Your vintage lights...love them. And the reflectors, new concept for me!!

    And finally, I was so upset hearing about your family treasures being stolen. And your heart~as big as it is~managed to find something good in it. You are precious!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  7. What a lovely and bitter/sweet post.

    "vintage ornaments... this box is marked "1935"..."

    If I came in a "Box," it would be marked "1937." ,-)

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  8. Oh I must say I am weeping with the memories sweetie! Thank you for sharing and bringing back many of my own.I also love my vintage decorations and wouldn't trade any of them for any amount of money.
    Received my Christmas card today and was so thrilled with the vintage santa on the front.Thank you my blogging friend for being so special.Hugz

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  9. My dear friend, I can't even begin to tell you how much I love your post today. We will be forever indebted to your wonderful daddy and all of those who have served our country so courageously. He truly was a part of the greatest generation willing to sacrifice so much so that we could be free. I absolutely love Bob Hope, too. He did so much for our military men and women and lifted their spirits. Every time I watched one of his shows I was so happy because he was bringing them such joy. All of your ornaments bring back so many happy childhood memories for me. You and I really did have a magical childhood, and I know you, like me, are so thankful for these good memories. Much love to you, sweet friend! Vicki

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  10. Mmmmmm.... interesting you mention that you are having trouble with Blogger. Me too. A funny thing keeps happening. I have a set of comments from people that I clicked to publish some time ago. They were added. But now, when I go to publish newer ones, these old ones keep popping up, even though they been published. They keep surfacing every time I go into comments.

    Anyway, we never mind things ahead of time........

    Have a wonderful weekend! Brenda

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  11. Hi Julie sweet,
    I got my card today and wanted you to know how much it means.
    I love the tribute to your dad and Pearl Harbor Day. What amazing vintage treasures. I love seeing all the old packaging too.
    Hugs

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  12. G'morn Julie Marie ~ I am too sick again & on antibiotics, so I am not able to go to the Antietam Illumination ... that just makes me feel worse than ever.

    There is a special parcel that is enroute next week to you ... memories to create.

    Your write is wonderful, Julie Marie. Oh, how it brings back memories of so long ago. Bob Hope was a classic part of our Christmas' as was Bing Crosby ...

    We had all the lights you shared ... how magical our tree would be when lit. We kids would clamor around as Mother plugged in that cord.

    What honors these men deserve that protected & continue to protect our nation ... God bless your Father & TY for his service.

    Hugs of love, sweet Julie Marie. Marydon

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  13. Julie, what a precious thing to read! I am so sorry that some of your family Christmas treasures were taken. But the best Christmas treasures of all are the wonderful memories you have of your family. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

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  14. It's me again, Julie! I came back to your blog to make sure you hadn't posted and I missed it. Not trusting blogger these days!

    So I reread your post and I neglected to comment on your ornaments that were stolen. I know how you feel. I've been burglarized twice and the second time they took my Aunt Nena's sterling flatware that she had left to me. She had our baby spoons in the box as well. And they stole all my jewelry, which one of them was a gold knot ring that my father gave me when I was nine years old.

    We have our memories and no one can take those away.

    Hugs to you,

    Marsha

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  15. Julie, what a beautiful post. I know how it feels to have your utmost possessions stolen. A few years ago I came home to an empty house. They even took my great-grandmother's bible. You have amazing vintage treasures.

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  16. Oh Julie Marie, I'm so sorry that some mean-spirited person stole your family treasures. But I can tell that you have wonderful memories, and those are even more precious! I love all of those lights sets, and especially the boxes! And I can see why you treasure that Santa the most. He is really something special. I've never seen one like him. I bet he warms your heart every time you look at him!
    Hugs, and Happy VCM!
    Carol

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  17. Hello Julie Marie! What a beautiful sentimental post you wrote. I do remember Bob Hope and his many tv specials too! He and others such as Barbara Mandrell, did many wonderful things for our troops. I must say I can never forget these days as my step daughter was born on Pearl Harbor Day and my step son was born on the 4th of July!!
    You certainly have a lot of treasures, and it is so sad that someone stole part of you history from your father's house. People do not realize that it just isn't always about the money, but the memories.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Take Care!
    Ulrike

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  18. I am so sorry about the loss of your family's Christmas ornaments. What kind of person would steal ornaments? I am happy that you have your Santa though. A sweet memory of WWII. There will be many reading who have no direct memory of that war, but will be able to relate with what is going on now. Thanks for your contribution to Vintage Christmas Monday. xo Joan

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  19. How kind for you to first take time to remember Pearl Harbor Day. I can feel you heavy heart through your words and I understand what it means to have some of the treasures of our loved ones. I too love the reflectors and lights and you are the second gal today whose Daddy hung Santa! Such special memories. Thanks for your heartfelt post, it is very touching. Judi

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  20. Hi Julie Marie,
    Your post is just so lovely and heartfelt. These long time ago memories are so precious. I love reading about your family history and the vintage treasures.

    You have such a lovely heart and so very dear!!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Love to you, Celestina Marie

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  21. Oh thank you for sharing today..those memories are so lovely. I so love all your vintage treasures...I would love to have some of those old reflectors for my tree..I was just telling my girls about them today. Happy New Week to you.

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  22. That old lantern set is really cool! Thank you so much for sharing your images and story!

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  23. What a beautiful post about remembering this day. We have so much to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Oh Julie, my heart bleeds for you with the theft of your precious heirlooms.I'm so happy you still have some.I do remember all of these for we had the same.I always loved the blubble lights.But i miss the good Angel hair my Mother would drape the tree in.She did it so perfect.
    I too value the Vets of the greatest generation.My Dad also was in the war.I wish the young would have the values they had back when.This is a most wonderful post Dear friend.I really enjoyed my visit. and so happy you stoped by.I did leave a picture off by accident and will try and get my daughter to put it up sometime today.Give me a call when you can.Hugs and kisses Marie Antionette

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  25. Thank you for sharing. I had almost forgotten what the day was. Thank you for the reminder. My father in law served in the Pacific and had 2 ships shot out beneath him. I really appreciate your heartfelt thoughts. As you see in my postings as well it is the memories that these ornaments and trinkets inspire that are more valuable than the actual objects. Having these ornaments around us, to touch and to see, just helps make these memories more tangible. Thank you.

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  26. what a wonderful post about Pearl Harbor day. The war ended the week my dad was to deploy...he was still deeply affected by those lost.

    As for your treasures, I hope someone wonderful cherishes them as you do. People like us really DO love things for the sentiment. I still tear up when I unpack my decorations...they all have memories...

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  27. Good Morning Sweetie...
    I love this post this morning. A wonderful tribute to the past. I too remember watching the Bob Hope special. I loved it when he had Phyllis Diller on with him. She was the funniest woman ever I think. They were so good together. We actually got to stay up late to watch all of the special.

    I too remember our black and white TV. Think of what they would be worth today.

    This Santa that you have. My Grandma had one on her house. I had forgotten about it, until I just saw yours. Thank you for the beautiful memory you have given me today. I love it. May he shine bright and give your heart such happiness always.

    Please stop by and say hi. I so love it when you do. Have a beautiful Monday sweetie.

    Country hugs...Sherry

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  28. Your post today is by far the most heartfelt account of vintage Christmas and wartime memories that I've read. I could see through your words and I envisioned everything that you wrote about. What precious memories!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Loretta

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  29. What an awesome post...we always watched the Bob Hope show too...it was soooo good! Our fathers are all such wonderful men for serving our country...I always loved hearing my father's stories about the war. I love you VINTAGE SANTA...soooo happy that you still have it! Thanks for the visit and please be sure to come back soon! Hope you have a FUN week.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  30. Julie, I am so sorry for what happened to your precious things, that is just awful!!!! I am so glad you have the Santa!! It is so cute too!

    This is such a beautiful post. You always have the most heartfelt touching posts!! Your beautiful self just shines through!! I love you so much Julie, you are such a wonderful friend!!
    Hugs,
    Amy

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  31. thank you for sharing both of yourself and your wonderful old christmas treasures. i could just imagine how a child would feel, looking at that glowing santa face each year - and i'm sure it brings back fond many memories:)

    mary

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  32. Good morning sweet Julie Marie,
    What a wonderful post. I love hearing about your Daddy and all your wonderful childhood memories. I'm so sorry that mean man stole your ornaments, but one thing he can never take away from you are your memories. Treasure them always. Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful memories with us. Much love to you always.

    Hugs and Kisses,

    ♥Ana

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  33. I loved all your vintage decorations and the stories that go along with them. The story about the theft of your daddy's items broke my heart, because I know I would feel the same way you do. The sentimental memories are what count to those who grew up with these items. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Marcia

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  34. Hello
    Thanks for stopping by on Vintage Monday. It is so fun to see all these different Christmas decorations. I don't have any from my childhood - my mom was good at throwing things out :) Old stuff to her is junk but I love the old stuff. Loved your tribute to the WW11 vets as I lost my dad last year at this time. My mom and dad were married on an overnight pass because of the war. They were highschool sweethearts. "Thanks for the memories"
    Blessings
    Rebecca

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  35. Such a wonderful and heartfelt post. What a shame to have your ornaments stolen! The ones you have a gorgeous!!
    *hugs*deb

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  36. What lovely vintage ornaments Julie Marie. I have never seen anything quite like their unique beaty. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    Enjoy this joyous season!
    ~Warmly, Melissa :)

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  37. Hi Julie ~ What a beautiful post of your family and your memories. You have such a gift for writing. I also have to tell you how my heart goes out to you about the stolen holiday decorations. I understand because after Thanksgiving I may have been scammed out of a very treasured heirloom from my site. I may never know for sure what happened but it stings. I am trying to get beyond it and enjoy the season. It is hard not to be bitter. Knowing that someone else may enjoy and love them helps ease the pain. Many blessings to you!

    Hugs ~ Nichole

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  38. What a wonderful reminder to be thankful for those brave men and women who serve our country, and have to spend this holiday away from their family and friends. Such a moving and bittersweet personal story, thank you so much for sharing it with us.
    :)Heidi

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  39. I'm sorry that someone was so mean spirited to steal your heirlooms. But I am glad that you have some left to share with all of us. Thanks for sharing!

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  40. My dear Julie Marie,
    what a heartfelt you have posted. Thank you so much for sharing bits of your family history: it is making this post so special and unique. Love your vintage ornaments and really felt for you reading that some of them were stolen...
    Hugs
    Rita

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  41. lovely post, i really enjoyed reading it, even the sad parts!
    i love your vintage items, especially the snowmen and bubble lights.

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  42. What a lovely post. All your beautiful things and Pearl Harbor. My Uncle Harvey was in Pearl Harbor. Have aa good day...julie

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  43. What a wonderful post. I love your story and all your decorations are just adorable! You have to love bubble lights!!! : )
    Blessings,
    Karen

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  44. What a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to your father and all soldiers Julie Marie...just so lovely! What a nice thought to picture your daddy up there in heaven with all of his buddies, swapping stories and having a grand ole time!!

    And, as always, I thoroughly enjoy seeing your vintage Christmas goodies!!!

    :) T

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  45. I read every word of your post with such interest. Your Dad was a true hero fighting in WWII. My FIL fought in the Pacific. He was a gunner on a B-24. He never talked much about the war. He passed away in 1997 and my husband inherited all of his war memorabilia including photos, telegrams to my MIL and a dog eared map that my FIL carried with him that marked off all of the places he traveled during the war. It is such a blessing to have this treasure.
    I also loved your vintage Christmas items, but sorry to read about the guy that stole from your Dad.
    Have a blessed holiday.
    Jane

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  46. I'm so enjoying your posts as they are about so much more than just things. I've always felt it's the feelings and stories behind these items that draw us to them. They aren't just cool, they're someone's history!
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  47. Julie,
    What a great collection ... I love the old boxes used as decor, and bubble lights have always been one of my favorites!
    xo
    Jill

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  48. I love this post! My goodness, you have the most beautiful decorations I've seen!
    The light box from the 30's is just amazing. Sorry about your decoration loss. Your father was golden :+)
    Love the photo.
    xoxoxo
    Franny

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  49. Late to comment, but what super old ornaments...and the original boxes!

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  50. Julie-Marie, I love that you have family lights from 1935. The reflectors are neat and I did not know of them. xo, olive

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  51. I enjoyed your heartfelt post. What a true hero your dad was! My FIL served at Pearl Harbor on that fateful morning that changed the world.

    Enjoyed seeing all your Christmas treasures.

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  52. What a beautiful post- I wasn't following you when it posted the first time so I am glad you reposted it. I love all the sweet memories attached to everything and hate what that man did that stole your memories.
    God bless our troops-past, present and future- xo Diana

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  53. Thanks so much Diana... he got the ornaments... but not my memories they hold!... (I still want to get my hands on him!)

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  54. Julie Marie, this is such a touching post! When I watch historical movies about Pearl Harbor Day it touches my heart. I have a grandson born on Dec. 7th. He helps to make a sad day in history a happy one. I love your vintage lights. I have one that looks alot like your first set. Going to look and see if there's a date on it. Your Santa face almost made me cry. My mom had one that she hung on our house for years. No one knows what happened to it. Thinking she must have thrifted it because his nose was starting to get a hole in it. Thanks for reposting this precious post!
    Hugs,
    Jann

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