From Czechoslovakia...

A Czech Christmas card, 1919

Edible Czech advent calendar

Vanilkové rohlíčky cookies from Hořkosladká 

Vanilkové rohlíčky are crescent shaped biscuits.
They are usually made with ground almonds or hazelnuts. They get 
their typical flavour from a heavy dusting of vanilla sugar. These cookies are also 
widely baked in Germany and are common in Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia as a 
part of the typical Christmas baking. Unlike other pastries, this particular kind is 
difficult to bake. The batter used when hardened is very fragile. It takes a 
skilled pair of hands to create the vanilkové rohlíčky or the horse-shoe 
shape without breaking the biscuit

 by M. Fischerova Kvechova, 1946

Jos. Lada, 1955 - woman selling a carp -
for the traditional Czech Christmas dinner

Handmade Czech glass Christmas topper 
and silver silver Christmas tree ornaments, from 1950s

Purchase them here: Bohemian Stars Ltd., Etsy

...and sweet Czech Christmas cards

Wooden tree candle holder - Ash

This festive wooden tree candle holder would beautifully light 
your table this holiday season. Or use it to light your birthday tables, 
at storytime, circle time and every night for dinner.  Would make
 a sweet little teacher gift or stocking stuffer or...

purchase the tree candle holder here:

The TALL Book of Christmas

'The tall Book of Christmas'.
Illustrated by Gertrude Elliott Espenscheid.
New York/London: Harper and Brothers, 1954

Dog LIFE in Postwar St. Moritz

 'Privileged dog gets through whisking 
when he returns to hotel from snowy streets'

Photos taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt of the rich at play 
in St. Moritz, Switzerland in 1947

Thick coats, like those of Isabelle Nicole and her dogs, 
protect them from the 17-degree cold

A chihuahua gets more attention on street than 
the on street than the conglomerate costume of his mistress.  

Santa is smiling...

Santa boot ornaments

 Vintage Christmas decorations. Pair of 'silver' Santa...or cowboy...boot 
ornaments decorated on both sides with reindeer and bells. A great addition
 to your vintage holiday decor or Western themed Christmas tree

Purchase the booties here: 
Elfine Gifts, Etsy

Anton Pieck (1895-1987)

When snowmen were giants...

'The Snow Giant'
From 'Conversations of a Father', 1835, 
Briggs Collection/via

This original antique good quality French scene of children 
making a snowman engraving was published in 1850

Purchase it here: Lyra Nebula Prints, Etsy

Ferdinand de Gramont. Les Bebes.  
Illustrated by Oscar Pletsch. Paris: J. Hetzel, 1861


Gathering mistletoe...

 Vintage Christmas card

 Vintage Christmas card

Illustrated London News, Dec 20, 1851

 Vintage German Christmas card

 Vintage Christmas card

by Lizzie Lawson (1867-1902)

A Christmas greeting with love

Crocheted mistletoe ornaments

'The mistletoe is still hung up in farm-houses and 
kitchens at Christmas,  and the young men have the privilege of 
kissing the girls under it, plucking each time a berry from the bush. 
When the berries are all plucked the privilege ceases'

The wreath is made of the 3 or 6 mistletoe branches and metal ring 
covered with cotton is 15.3 cm (6") diameter - the pretty mistletoe branch 
is crocheted of light green/mint cotton and 5 white berries are felted 
of wool - a sweet mistletoe brooch or Christmas ornament

Go shop here: Astash Toys and Astash on Etsy

Garth Williams illustrations...

From 'The Long Winter' by Laura Ingalls Wilder

From 'A Little House Christmas' by Laura Ingalls Wilder

'Run along Girls, this one Time I'll do your Housework'
Also from 'The Long Winter'

From 'Little House on the Prairie' by Laura Ingalls Wilder