This year my Christmas theme is an Old Fashioned one. My favorite vignette to create is the mantel. While I was decorating it the mood turned towards a times gone by feel.
It started when I found this gorgeous vintage Putz church. Putz is a german word meaning to putter around. German-Americans and related cultures have been setting up little villages around the Christmas tree or Nativity for at least a century and a half.
Generally, once the houses and accessories came out, family members (usually the mother) would “putz around” with them until they were “just right.
For many years, the “putzers” would use toy wooden houses or house-shaped cardboard candy boxes from Germany. But the advent of 8-bulb electric Christmas light sets brought about a new kind of putz house. Japanese-made cardboard houses decorated with sparkly materials and/or fake snow and equipped with translucent (usually cellophane) windows that glowed when you stuck a C6 light through a hole in the back.
For over thirty years, mass-marketers like Sears-Roebuck offered fairly simple versions of these, usually in sets of eight. But in recent years, collectors have unearthed a fascinating variety of putz houses, many of which show surprising creativity for an art form which must have wholesaled in the penny-a-piece range.
Japan was a large producers of the vintage putz houses.
This one is new but I fell in love with it anyways which made my pocket book happy. The white yarn tree I made last year. I’ve been leaning to using more whites which can stay up after the holidays.
The vintage trailer ornament was a last year find too.
Several vintage deer recently collected and stacked books acts as the church’s hill.
A lace tablecloth added a bit of charm. Love the new bottle brush tree with ornament and wish I had bought more of them.
Another red transferware creamer becomes the bottle brush tree stand.
The vintage oil lamp found several year ago at a garage sale.
The pompom wreath is from Joanne’s which cost less to buy than make from scratch.
Tucked inside the middle is a pair of plaid skates and a plaid reindeer bringing some added color, and cuteness.
I’m glad I found the lovely putz houses this year…and it just might of started another collection.
I do think the putz houses helped create the times gone Christmas mantel feeling..Its as if I could see people walking by, chatting, while enjoying the season.