After a few weeks spent on vintage-look fashion, I thought I’d put that to one side and focus on impending festivities. There’s something inherently vintage about Christmas celebrations anyway, what with obsessing over Christmas hits and flicks of years past, but if you want to inject even more retro into the season of goodwill, here are a few things you might want to consider.
Classic Christmas Films
As of December 1st, we can all watch as many Christmas movies as we want without it feeling awkward and out of place, and what better way to get into the spirit of the season than by filling your weekends and evening with classic Christmas film fare? It’s a Wonderful Life is an obvious contender but you might also want to dig out copies of the original Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol and White Christmas.
However, these titles are very much the definition of classic vintage, and understandably so, because the 1950s and thereabouts is probably the era that first springs to mind when we hear the phrase ‘vintage Christmas’. But for those of us of a certain age, vintage can mean many different eras – if 80s styles are classed as retro, why can’t 80s films be too? And there’s certainly no shortage of 80s Christmas films to enjoy – think Santa Claus: The Movie (John Lithgow at his finest), Scrooged (the combination of Bill Murray and Christmas is a welcome one) and even Die Hard. Yes, Die Hard. And if you’re short of any of these titles, you can use Zavvi discount codes to save on a few before peak-season with a 10% introductory saving.
Retro Christmas Decorations
There are two types of people – those who have a set Christmas decoration theme and stick to it, and those who just chuck everything on the tree and bask in the dazzling combination of coloured fairy lights, twenty-year-old ornaments made at primary school and knackered looking fairy at the top of the tree. I’m not passing judgement on either category, but if you fall into the former and want to give your decorations a vintage twist this year then you’ll be pleased to know there’s plenty available without having to spend hours at Christmas fairs sourcing the genuine articles (although you can still to that too of course).
Many retailers now stock a wide-range of vintage look decorations including those found with House of Fraser promo codes – you can save up to 50% off a wider number of items including the Linea Nutcracker Stocking (was £16, now £8).
Vintage Cards and Wrapping
Ok, so vintage-look Christmas cards aren’t exactly thin on the ground at this time of year - you can pick up a snowy Victorian scene in pretty much any corner shop or newsagents. But perhaps you want something a little bit more, dare I say, classy? Lots of contemporary retailers are now combining the stylish with the retro look when it comes to Christmas cards and wrapping, and Paperchase promotional codes are top of the pack. Right now, you can get 3 for the price of 2 of a large choice of cards and wrapping including their Retro Santa Charity Christmas Cards.
This is really only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to vintage Christmas tips and is very much for those who might not have the time or inclination for homemade vintage projects, but keep any eye out for more retro Christmas posts in the next few weeks for further inspiration!