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Vintage Christmas Interiors Packed with Nostalgia

Nikola Budanovic

Christmas constitutes one of the most important holidays in the Christian world. The date which symbolizes the birth of Jesus is celebrated globally and has been recognized as such since the early Middle Ages.

Although primarily a religious holiday, over time it has become more of an occasion for a family gathering, exchange of presents and colorful decorations.

In the United States, this image of Christmas was created in the years following WWII. The period of prosperity in the 1950s which launched the U.S. economy gave Christmas accessories such as mass-produced ornaments, and Christmas trees supplied on a large-scale and available to everyone.

An aluminum tree decked with baubles a single color. Sleek and modern in the 50s-60s.

An aluminum tree decked with baubles a single color. Sleek and modern in the 50s-60s.

The guardian of the Christmas tree.

The guardian of the Christmas tree.

A green tree given plenty of silver sparkle with foil streamers.

A green tree given plenty of silver sparkle with foil streamers.

Ready to help pull Santa’s sleigh.

Ready to help pull Santa’s sleigh.

Christmas Eve 1966.

Christmas Eve 1966.

The Archangel is placed on top of the tree to watch over the Nativity.

The Archangel is placed on top of the tree to watch over the Nativity.

“All the stockings you will find hanging in a row”

“All the stockings you will find hanging in a row”

The manufacture of new plastics gave the nation…. inflatable reindeer. Which Santa do you think will win this race?

The manufacture of new plastics gave the nation…. inflatable reindeer. Which Santa do you think will win this race?

The post-war period also introduced a number of artificial options to substitute bringing a live tree indoors, using new materials such as aluminium and PVC plastic, which came in a range of colors.

Artificial trees were in the spotlight in the late-1950s, for they fit nicely with the streamlined home decor of the emerging Space Age style.

Toppers and stands also became increasingly popular, with a variety of them on the market. The most popular was the lit-from-within style, which provided additional lighting to the already shining mixture of bubble lights and reflective ball ornaments.

It all added up to the merry and joyful image of Christmas as a family holiday, which became increasingly popular as a consumer holiday as well. Malls were full for the Christmas shopping season, as people hurried to buy each other presents and brought their children to meet the Spirit of Christmas himself ― Santa Claus.

Silver Christmas trees were popular throughout the 50s and 60s as they looked modern and space age-y.

Silver Christmas trees were popular throughout the 50s and 60s as they looked modern and space age-y.

Christmas morning, 1965.

Christmas morning, 1965.

The futuristic white tree emerged as a staple of Christmas during the 1950s.

The futuristic white tree emerged as a staple of Christmas during the 1950s.

Was your childhood home strung with kitschy foil garlands like these?

Was your childhood home strung with kitschy foil garlands like these?

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Santa has been!

Santa has been!

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Who says you can only have one Christmas tree?

Who says you can only have one Christmas tree?

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Wow – that’s one crazy table centerpiece.

Wow – that’s one crazy table centerpiece.

By the end of the 1960s, natural or natural-looking trees had started to come back into fashion.

By the end of the 1960s, natural or natural-looking trees had started to come back into fashion.

Christmas 1967

Christmas 1967

A marvelous collection of vintage toys.

A marvelous collection of vintage toys.

Some homes bucked the trend and stuck with bringing in a real tree at Christmas.

Some homes bucked the trend and stuck with bringing in a real tree at Christmas.

One lucky young child will be driving themselves to band practice on Christmas morning.

One lucky young child will be driving themselves to band practice on Christmas morning.

Other accessories such as figurines and stockings became a must-have. With winter ornaments, reindeers, elves and Santa Claus costumes everywhere, one could hardly escape the notion that celebration is in the air.

Read another story from us: Vintage Snapshots of Women Posing with Pride Next to their Christmas Trees

Homes all over the United States were caught in this over-the-top decorating craze, which swept the country and formed one of the most iconic holidays in recent history that continues to be the most joyful time of the year.