I love Christmas. I'm normally listening to Christmas songs in early December, with a playlist on repeat til the big day, but this year I wanted to celebrate differently, with a vintage twist!
I picked up a great CD for just £2.99 in HMV which I definitely recommend if you love the 1950s! It's called Rockin Around the Christmas Tree and yes, it does feature that Christmas classic by Brenda Lee, which immediately makes me think of the scene in the first Home Alone film.
Even the cover of the CD is vintage styled! I'd really love to see a Vinyl copy! It has some great songs, most I haven't heard of, but for those who love 'Warm this Winter' by Gabriella Cilmi, prepare to be bowled over by the original, "I'm Gonna be Warm this Winter" by Connie Francis.
There are other songs that are good, although I'm not going to list them as there're far too many.
Recommended Books for Christmas:
Only one book made my reading list at Christmas, and that was Miracle on Regent Street by Ali Harris, which is a lovely warm story about a failing department store and a stockroom girl who sets out to spread some vintage magic through the store.
The book features lovely descriptions of vintage makeup, clothes and window displays and is a great read for a dreary afternoon.
VINTAGE CHRISTMAS DAY:
I had this outfit planned for weeks before Christmas. Usually I have to make do with a cheap dress from Primark picked out for me, but this year I made my choice. I bought this skirt from Tessa at Rainbow Valley Vintage and teamed it with my favourite 50s style sweater from H by Henry Holland at Debenhams. The shoes are Miss KG at House of Fraser, Sales 2011, a bargain at £30!
I also have a thick red petticoat which you can just about spot in this photo.
Unlike my friend Liz Tregenza,my parents have yet to realise the vintage scene, so no vintage gifts, however I did receive lots of vintage style items.
-The Mad Men DVD Collection (something I have wanted to see for a long while)
-The House of Elliot DVDs
-The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping
-The Fashion File by Janie Bryant
-The Vintage Tea Party book
-The Vintage Tea Party Year book
I did manage to find some vintage gifts for family as well. I bought a gorgeous clasp 60s bracelet at the Hammersmith Vintage Fair and after several conversations with Grandma, tracked down a perfume she hadn't used in years. Bourjois' own Evening in Paris or Soir de Paris, whatever you want to call it.
So with the presents out of the way, the following days were filled with board games, watching films and festive music with not much on TV.