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Retro Rewind // Alix’s 1970s Christmas

Since I love to share vintage photos, I thought it would be fun to share some of my own “retro” holiday pics. It’s a random assortment of photos through out the years!

We start in San Diego, California. That’s where I was born. We lived there til I was in the second grade and then we moved to Michigan. Aww, look! It’s little me and my pretty mama:

In these photos I’m wearing an awesome hot pink knit dress that was hand made by my Tante Judy (my godmother), who was very artistic and super crafty. I believe we are at my grandma’s house here. On the left is my Uncle John and my cousin Lisa.

I’m pretty sure this next one is the same year, but at our own apartment at the University of California, San Diego married student housing. That tinsel is very German—although I noticed it on the tree at my grandma’s house (in the first photo), so maybe it was popular in general in the 70s. Do you remember tinsel on your tree back in the day?? I rarely see it on trees any more. My sweet friend Lishy Loo sent me a few packs last year!

In the background you can see my Top Favorite Christmas Album of All Time—The Jackson 5 Christmas Album. We still have it and I listen to it every year! Michael Jackson singing “Up On the Housetop” is my all-time favorite. Wolfie’s favorite is “Little Drummer Boy.”

Christmas morning, my first little desk! I loved that awesome dolly carriage in the background too. Let’s get a closer look:

See? Told ya I was smitten with my carriage! It looks like the one in my Sears Catalog post. This is later in the day, and I’m all dolled up. Check out the cool Playskool giraffe in the background. I sooo wanted one of those for Wolfie when he was little!

I got the shutterbug early! Here I am with my little Fisher-Price Camera.

I love this next photo. My mom looks like a modern day hipster here, with her groovy fur hat and cool coat. I’m holding Pinkie, my little pink elephant. My godmother (she of the craft hand-knit pink dress) made him for me and he had these amazing psychedelic fabric ears. We’re at Balboa Park in San Diego.

My mom has great style and I have always loved the little outfits she dressed me in—check out these red velveteen overalls with the heart bib! I even had red hearts on my lil blue suede shoes.

I have to confess though, I was such a girlie girl I hated to wear pants. I was allll about the dresses. In fact, my mom reminded me, “It was SO hard to get you into that little outfit!” I do seem to remember that I was pleased by the red velvet trim on my ruffly shirt. Hmmm. OK, here we are at my Tante Anneliese’s house (my mom’s sister).

Twas an excellent year of presents for wee Alexandra! I got a little red-headed Blythe doll AND the Barbie townhouse. Score! Those are my three cousins in the back Danny, Rudi and Jimmy. Danny and Rudi were rockin’ the long California Boy hair.

After we went to Tante Anneliese’s house we would scoot over to my grandma’s house (my dad’s mom). Here we are. And oooh look what I just noticed is in my hand:

EMERALD THE WITCH! Remember, from my Creepy Cool Dollies post?? I was fairly certain I had an Emerald doll, but honestly thought it might just be wishful thinking. Proof positive I had her!

OK, now we travel across the country to Flint, Michigan. This is Christmas Eve, which we always celebrated with a night of music/singing and some tasty little finger foods. We also got to open up presents that were sent to us from relatives (packages from Germany and California).

Look how adorable my mom is in her plaid, maxi dress—there are strawberries appliques on the collar. Cuteness! That chair on the left was from a little kinder set my folks picked up in German (it had a matching table that  believe we are using as a small buffet!). The table and chairs were covered in a cool vinyl/plastic that had hot pink, red and orange flowers on them. The best part was (Dottie, are you listening??) I HAD MATCHING CLOGS! Oh yeah…..

These pictures totally make me smile. Check out how fun my parents are cuttin’ a rug on Christmas Eve! I look at our little house and there’s hardly any furniture. My dad was a young college professor and it’s not like he made a bundle, but as kids we were never aware that times might have been tight here and there. My parents are awesome.

This is my brother Karl opening up his big present that year…a drum set!

And finally, this is my mom with our dog Flockie (loosely translated it means “little snowflake” in German). I always loved this photo of her. She is wearing a velveteen gaucho suit, with a velveteen vest. I remember thinking she looked so glamorous with her Charlie’s Angels hair! I was always very pleased and proud that I had a “pretty mama”. Growing up in Michigan in the 70s, most of the mom’s wore polyester stretch pants and had androgynous short hair cuts. Not my mom. My mama had style!

So that’s my little trip down memory lane. I’ll have to try and get some more photos scanned. It’s so fun to peek at the past. We’ll be heading off to Michigan after Christmas. We weren’t sure we would make it this year (tickets before Christmas were $800-1200!!!!! Yeowch!). Are you traveling somewhere or are you at home? I better stop writing and get to wrapping!!

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  1. Leanne@VintageBooksfortheVeryYoung says

    I love all this! Especially because it looks like we’re around the same age. We’re not German but we always had tinsel too in those days, I think I remember it being pretty common. And the Jackson 5 album! So cool! We’re spending Christmas Eve/Day with my in-laws and then on Dec. 26 we’ll fly to see my family.

  2. Cherie C says

    Oh my word!! Major flashback! I had the EXACT desk, camera and baby carrage!

  3. amanda says

    These posts are my favorites 🙂

    xo amanda

  4. Eartha Kitsch says

    I love these photos so much! And wow…do you ever look like your Mom! Tinsel was soooo 70’s. I think it topped out in popularity then after centuries of love. Wow, we need to get people to love tinsel again! Though, many a cat has wracked up a vet bill because of tinsel. Hmm…I ramble. Tinsel used to be made out of actual lead and that kind was outlawed when we were wee ones. It’s interesting that you mentioned about your parents’ house not having much furniture. I’ve noticed the same thing about my parents’ house in retrospect. At one time, the front living room had a ping-pong table and brocade drapes. And maybe a stool. : )

    • Alix says

      LOL….brocade drapes and a stool hahaha. Where did you grow up again? I know you’re out my way, right? (or my family’s way….Michigan)
      Yes I remember hearing that about tinsel. We never had a cat, just a dog so it wasn’t an issue (although many years later a roommate’s cat ate the silver metallic tassels hanging off my bike handles and THAT was a gross litter box delite).

      when we gonna get you out our way???

  5. Eartha Kitsch says

    I’m from South Carolina. I KNOW! One of these days, I’ll make it out to the coast. Home repairs keep eating my travelin’ funds.

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