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Merry Wreath

Decorate your home starting at the front door. This bright and colorful ornament wreath can be DIYed if you have a collection of ornaments to use, or you can also purchase similar products already made. If you do make this, take care if you use actual vintage ornaments as the glass can be very thin and fragile.

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Colorful Trees

Of course, if you love retro Christmas details, you have to go all out with an aluminum Christmas tree. Whether you want to go white, silver, pink, or aqua, this type of accent can add so much vibrancy to your living room. Dot with lights and ball ornaments, or load it down with vintage ornaments in all shapes and colors.

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Tabletop Accents

Continue the theme with bottlebrush trees in your centerpieces, on top of your fireplace mantel, and in small groupings on side tables. To mix in a little modern, cover animal figurines with gold spray paint or glitter.

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retro Christmas village
Photo: Department 56

Vintage Villages

Collections of villages are a popular type of holiday decor. And although many of them don't fall within a vintage scheme, this one by Department 56 does because of its muted pastel colors and "sugared" finish.

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Mercury Glass Votives

Mercury glass votive holders have been a major detail at this year's weddings and in home decor. Turn your neutral and metallic mercury glass votive holders into something Christmas-ready by adding in pale blue, pink, and mint. These faux mercury glass votives are an easy DIY project, but you can also find a wide array of colors at most home decor stores.

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classic Christmas movie
Photo: Christmas in Connecticut, Warner Bros.

Classic Movies

Nothing will get you in the mood for the season, or give you more vintage decor inspiration than classic holiday flicks. You can't go wrong with White Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Christmas in Connecticut (shown here).

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Timeless Tunes

If you are throwing a party in your newly-decorated space, add to the festive spirit with timeless tunes by Bing Crosby, Vince Guaraldi, Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, and Frank Sinatra.  

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Holiday Treats

A lot of the traditional dishes from the 1950s and 60s were a bit wacky. From fruit-filled gelatin salad molds to varied meatloafs, we're thankful that a lot of these food fads stayed in the past. However, some retro treats are awesome, especially baking a Yule log (otherwise known as a buche de Noel).

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Retro Barware

Pass around these Mad Men-worthy cocktail glasses at your Christmas party. These are so versatile, you could also use them as your barware year-round.

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Seasonal Cocktails

Speaking of cocktails, serve a retro drink like an Old Fashioned, hot toddy, or a hot buttered rum. Hot buttered rum mix is super decadent and as fun to make as it is to serve. Jar up the leftovers and pass them out as holiday gifts.