Vintage Christmas Music

On Saturday, our town held its Evening Christmas Market. It’s one of the most popular events in our little town, and I look forward to it each year.

The wonderful little shops lining Main Street are all open late, the street is closed to traffic and is filled with booths offering crafts, jewelry, primitive items, Christmas decor and a few antiques.  On the “village green”, students at a nearby dance studio perform, and a group sings Christmas carols on the steps of the post office. Talented folks sing and accompany themselves on guitars or banjos in front of various businesses. One parking lot is designated as the “food court”. It’s quite festive, and very well attended; the weather this year was perfect.

The market is a great place to find unusual Christmas gifts, and this year was no exception. I also brought something home for Motor Man and me.

Having purchased a combination radio/CD player/phonograph a few months ago, I have recently been in search of vintage Christmas albums. I hit the jackpot during the market at one of the shops, Vintage Potential, which had a great selection. I chose three albums: one by Johnny Mathis, one by Perry Como, and this third one.

When I first opened the album at the shop, I didn’t see a listing of what songs and artists were included. But, the inside “sold” me:

Yes, the album opens up to this sweet Christmas scene.  The artists include Gene Autry, Mitch Miller, Robert Goulet, Johnny Mathis and Tony Bennett, among many others, as it’s a double album.

Although it qualifies as “vintage” to me, the date on it is 1972. Wait: 1972 is now vintage? Now, that’ll make you feel old.

The price on the albums (including my prized one) was $4.00 each. Quite a bargain, in my opinion.

I was hesitant to buy the “record player” at the time, although it was on sale for half the regular price.

But I do believe it’s going to be quite busy in the next few weeks.

 

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

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11 responses to “Vintage Christmas Music

  1. i love little christmas markets! how wonderful –

  2. What a treasure inside that album!! Both the popup and the wonderful artists!!
    Some of the best old Christmas music I have is on cassettes, and my old player like yous does cassettes, which I am grateful. Enjoy, enjoy!!

  3. What fun inside that album cover – nice surprise. David and I have all our old Christmas records and our stereo plays all sizes of records and tapes. Our favorite Christmas music has alwyas been the oldies…..Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett – as nice as some of the newer music is, my heart prefers the oldies.

    Pam

  4. And add Perry Como to that list of artists and it would be perfect. What an AWESOME find! Love the fold-out village. Makes me wax nostalgic this morning. Thanks for the smile.

  5. You have me in the Christmas spirit now! I wish I had saved more of my records. Which are now called “vinyls”.

  6. Oh! …..And LOVE the change of picture to the snowy ‘Castle!

  7. Oh gosh, I love your ‘new’ Christmas album! That is the neatest thing. Of course, I am a sucker for all things Christmas so… Anyhow, enjoy those ‘vintage’ songs because they are so much better than those played on the radio now. Your hometown Christmas market sounds a bit like our town’s light-up night. The street Christmas decor gets lit for the first time of the season, school band and chorus groups perform, churches have living nativities, there’s a small parade with Santa, food trucks sell their goodies, and merchants are open and hand out treats.

  8. Great finds! I imagine the player will be getting a lot of use coming up.. One thing we know for sure is that you can’t rely on the radio !

  9. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    As you know,Vintage Potential is my favorite shop in Smithfield. Jessica has such a talent for finding the best vintage items. I love the pop up album. I have never seen that. Your combination radio, record player and CD is great. I have been looking at them for a while now but don’t want to spend the money. lol

  10. What a great “extra” all the wonderful music and a Christmas Village!

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