Welcome to Christmas in the 1950s!

It was a simpler time filled with sock hops and soda shops. Where optimism + merriment were found on every corner and the whole world felt a little brighter. Today we remember scenes from those happy Christmas days with a list inspired by Perry Como’s song, “A - You’re Adorable”, because, alphabetically speaking, we think Christmas in the 50s was A-Okay!

  • Aluminum Trees and color wheels.
  • Bubble Lights all aglow.
  • Cocktail Party Canapés on a Holt Howard tray.
  • Dean Martin’s ring-a-ding rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”.
  • Elvis’ Christmas Album. Man, that dreamboat could sing!
  • “Frosty the Snowman”, Fruitcakes and Fa La La La La.
  • Green Bean Casserole from Campbell’s 1955 Cream of Mushroom soup recipe.
  • Happy little faces pressed against a delightfully decorated department store window.
  • Ivory Snow soap flakes whipped into flocking for the tree.
  • Jingle Bell Rockin’, Jivin’, Hoppin’, Twistin’ and Strollin’ around the Christmas tree.
  • Kissing Santa Claus underneath the mistletoe.
  • Lemon Drop Kid at the drive-in. This Bob Hope classic featured the debut of “Silver Bells”. (Bing’s version was first to market, but that’s another story)
  • Molds of every shape and size for Mom’s meals made with Jell-O.
  • Nat King Cole, the voice that’s loved by kids from 1 to 92.
  • Oceans of Ambrosia in towers of Tupperware.
  • Parades welcoming the season with a flurry of floats and fun.
  • Quenching Yuletide thirsts with Martinis + Pink Squirrels.
  • Roy Rogers Super Deluxe 6-Shooter Set, with pajamas to match, tucked under the tree. (There’s a bejeweled Dale Evans set for sister, too!)
  • Shiny Brites that made our spirits bright.
  • T-Birds, Tinsel, and Train Tracks under the tree.
  • Unwrapping your biggest present first.
  • Vinyl platters stacked high on the HiFi Player.
  • Wishbook wishing and Christmas list making.
  • Xylophones by Fisher Price for tiny tots on Santa’s list.
  • Yummy yams topped with melty marshmallows.
  • Zagnut Bars hiding in your stocking alongside a new toothbrush too.

Written by Pam Metziere

The ABCs of A Retro Christmas List inspired us to create more fun ways to enjoy this perfect piece of Holiday prose. Click the images below to shop the wall art + goods that were inspired by it. All designed and illustrated by the Retro Christmas Card Company artist, Diane Dempsey. Find these good on her website: http://diane-dempsey-design-studio.com

The ABCs Of A Retro Christmas wall art - Available on Posters, Canvas, Metal, Acrylic and Cool Wood Panels too!
Printed on Demand Retro Christmas Alphabet, order a small tabletop size and display on your kitchen counter.
Gift yourself with a Retro Christmas Alphabet T shirt or note book to keep track of all those Christmas lists!
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