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Christmas Decorations In The 1950’s

The war is over, many loved ones have returned home and Christmas is going to be the best one yet – but just how did people from the 50’s decorate their homes for the  festive season? We take a look at this and how you can incorporate some retro style decorations into today’s modern home.

The 50’s saw more money coming back into the family home, however many women were pregnant at this time due to a post-war baby boom and so money was still not freely available.  Christmas decorations were, in the most part, still homemade.

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Decorations that were homemade included Christmas bunting where the family would come together and draw festive pictures  which were strung across the room.

Today Christmas bunting is still quite popular and many families get the kids involved to make it. On many occasions, bunting is actually bought rather than made nowadays.

Christmas lights  started to make an appearance in the 40’s, however they were not hugely popular, probably due to the lack of money.   It wasn’t until the fifties that fairy lights became more common, although candles were still used  on the Christmas Tree.

Today many people still buy Christmas lights which look like mini candles to give their home a vintage feel at the festive season.

Finally, no 1950’s home would be complete without the nativity.  Religion was still popular during the decade and scenes of baby Jesus and the nativity were hugely popular Christmas decorations.  Jump forward 60 years and you will still find a nativity scene in many UK homes at Christmas.

As life returned to normal and post-war austerity measures were relaxed, many mass-produced plastic decorations began to appear on the shelves. These proved to be extremely popular and although they were manufactured in Hong Kong they were labelled Empire Made. Stores such as Woolworths found it difficult to keep up with demand.

The 1950’s was full of unique decorations and to this day we still use many decorations similar to those.  It just goes to prove the oldies are definitely the goodies!

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