a vintage charm christmas ~ four precious christmas angels

They are just four little Christmas angels so how could they mean so much.  I am going to share their journey with you.

Don’t we all have a Christmas traditions or two?  For me, the Christmas angels are my timeless tradition.The four charming angels were my mother’s.  They always played a big part in our Christmas décor when I was growing up. The angels were our family’s Christmas tradition.

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We moved a lot while I was growing up.  My Dad was a construction engineer for a growing electric company and we followed him when he got transferred to build a new electric plant.  Every Christmas the angels were carefully packed away but came out no matter where we were every Christmas.

She displayed them in the living room on a table with a blanket of snow.  She believed in angels and she fostered that belief in me.

When she passed away the angels came to stay with me until I pass them on to one of my daughters who I hope will cherish them as much as I do.She bought them to decorate the tiny two-room apartment that she and my Dad rented in an older home.  They had gotten married in October and this was their first Christmas together.  The year was 1950.

Being newly married she didn’t have much money to spend and they most likely came from the dime store.Do you remember the dime store or the five and ten?  I think my age is showing.  You can faintly see Japan in blue letters on the bottom.

They are not fine porcelain or china but nothing could be more precious to me than these four little Christmas angels.

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  1. Rita C. (Panoply) says:

    Love those, Sharon. My mother instilled the belief of angels in us too, and of course I remember the five and dime! It’s incredible that your angels are still in such great shape – no chips on the hair! Love the memory you shared.

  2. Carol says:

    I inherited my Mom’s little pilgrim candles – do you remember those? Probably from the Five & Dime store too. They come out every Thanksgiving. Good Memories

  3. Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces says:

    I love your angels, Sharon! They are the best kind of decorations…family treasures full of memories! I have many memories of the old five-and-dimes…

  4. Deborah Cline says:

    Sharon, love your angels!

  5. Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage says:

    Your angels are so lovely Sharon, and how wonderful that they belonged to your mother. Christmas family treasures are the best. I have lots of great memories of the five and dime stores. I’m sure many of the things that we now call vintage came from those stores.

  6. Audrey Zumwalt says:

    Handed down treasures are the best because of the memories they re-kindle every Christmas. Love your little Angels and the story. I worked in a Five & Dime Store in the ’50’s and I loved it. Best place to shop. Happy Christmas.
    Audrey Z.

  7. Karen says:

    Thank you Sharon. Loved reading what you said and the pictures.

  8. Florence says:

    Aww, I love your sentiments Sharon! Wonderful that you have a Christmas tradition like that. Hope your daughters want to carry it on. The angels are very sweet.

  9. Linda @ A La Carte says:

    These are precious! I always look for vintage angels while thriftig!

  10. Cecilia says:

    Love them, Sharon and I absolutely adore the story behind them!what a wonderful memory of your mother.

  11. loveyoumoredesigns says:

    What a great story, Sharon! I cherish those things passed down as well. I think I have such a love for Christmas decorating because of my mom:) And what could be sweeter than angels? xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

  12. Naomi S. says:

    What darling little angels! And I DO remember the five and dime! And I know I am dating myself, too! One of my favorite things from childhood Christmases is the little wax figures -candles, actually, but we never burned them–that we used to decorate. My mother had a little winter scene that she set up every year on a round mirror. It was made with real tree branches decorated with faux snow for trees, cotton balls for snow and the little wax figures. A snowman, some wax pine trees, a Santa and some angels. A space on the mirror was left clear to resemble a skating pond. I have set up my own version for many years, now and added a little china skater to the pond. I love setting it up as it reminds me of my mother so much.

  13. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says:

    Sharon wasn’t the five and dime also called Woolworths. That’s how I remember it. Your angels have so much more worth than monetary. They hold a whole lifetime in their little hands and are meant to be treasured. I can’t believe they have survived all these years. Thanks for sharing their story withus.

  14. mrstnh says:

    So sweet! My grandmother always decorated with those wax candles like Naomi mentioned in her comment. Little angels, choir boys, and more.

  15. Eilis@MyHeartLivesHere says:

    How wonderful that you have those vintage angels from your mother. Thank you for joining Monday Social.

  16. Cynthia Chilson Finger says:

    Sweet story and angels. I enjoyed this post very much. Thanks for sharing, Cynthia

  17. Botanic Bleu says:

    My aunt had a huge collection of small shoes, many of which were marked, “Made in Occupied Japan.” Those were the real treasures of her collection, all found in 5&10 stores when she was a young girl . Thanks for sharing at Monday Social.