The Best Christmas Spirit Cookies

Christmas Cookies for Santa
Christmas Cookies for Santa

Welcome to the season of warmth and joy! In today’s post, we’re not just baking cookies; we’re crafting little bundles of happiness. I’m thrilled to share with you a unique recipe that goes beyond the kitchen – our delightful Christmas Spirit Cookies. This isn’t your typical cookie recipe; it’s a magical blend of love, kindness, gratitude, and joy, perfectly baked into every bite. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a newbie in the kitchen, this recipe promises to fill your home with the true essence of the holiday spirit. So, grab your apron, and let’s spread some festive cheer together!


  • A dash of Kindness
  • A spoonful of Gratitude
  • A cup of Joy
  • Endless Love
  • Your favorite cookie dough (homemade or store-bought)
  • Festive cookie cutters (stars, trees, hearts, etc.)
  • Colorful icing, sprinkles, and edible decorations


Christmas Cookies
Christmas Cookies

Preheat the Oven of Hearts: Set your oven to a warm temperature, just like the warmth in your heart during the holiday season.

Mix Kindness and Gratitude: In a large bowl, blend a dash of kindness with a spoonful of gratitude. Stir these feelings deep within you, thinking about the good moments of the year and the love of those around you.

Roll in the Joy: On a floured surface, roll out your cookie dough. As you roll, infuse the dough with a cup of joy, thinking about the smiles these cookies will bring.

Shape with Love: Use your festive cookie cutters to shape the dough. Each cookie is a symbol of your endless love. Remember, no two cookies need to be the same – like acts of kindness, each is unique and special.

Bake with Warmth: Place your cookies in the oven and bake according to the recipe. While they bake, fill the room with laughter, sing carols, or share happy stories, letting the warmth of these moments bake into the cookies.

Decorate with Cheer: Once baked, let the cookies cool. Then, decorate them with colorful icing and sprinkles, each stroke a testament to the cheer you wish to spread.

Share Generously: Package these cookies in boxes or on plates, and share them with friends, family, neighbors, or even strangers. With each cookie, share a message of love, a wish of happiness, or a token of gratitude.

Savor the Moment: Finally, sit back with a cookie for yourself, savoring the taste of joy and the warmth of love. Reflect on the happiness you’ve spread and the memories you’ve created.

The True Essence:

Remember, the true essence of this recipe is not in the cookies themselves, but in the love, kindness, gratitude, and joy you spread while making and sharing them. This Christmas, let your heart be the main ingredient.

The Best Vintage Christmas: 25 Unique Gifts for Her Guide

25 best vintage Christmas gifts for her
25 best vintage Christmas gifts for her

Discover 25 unique vintage gifts for her this Christmas! Featuring retro jewelry, Pyrex, fashion, and more for a festive, mid-century celebration.

The holiday season is upon us, and if you have a special someone in your life who’s passionate about all things vintage, mid-century, and kitschy, then you’re in for a treat! Our vintage Christmas gift guide has a curated collection of retro-inspired gifts that will transport her back to the golden era of mid-century design? From vintage jewelry to Pyrex, fashion, barware, vinyl LPs, and iconic Holt Howard Santa and Pixieware collectibles, we’ve made vintage gifting easy with our gift guide of 25 fabulous gift ideas that are sure to make her Christmas merry and bright. So, grab a cup of cocoa, put on your favorite vintage holiday tunes, and let’s dive in!

1. Vintage Brooches: Start her collection with a dazzling vintage brooch from the 1950s. Whether she’s into whimsical animal shapes or elegant floral designs, a mid-century brooch is the perfect accessory to add some retro flair to her outfits. Some brands to look for are: Coro, Eisenberg, Trifari, Sarah Coventry, Weiss, Joseph Wiesner.

Vintage Pink Pyrex
Vintage Pink Pyrex

2. Pyrex Nesting Bowls: Every vintage enthusiast knows the value of classic Pyrex nesting bowls. These colorful kitchen staples from the mid-century era are both functional and decorative, making them a cherished addition to any vintage kitchen. Some patterns to look for are Gooseberry, Starburst, Pyrex Dot, Snowflake , and Butterprint.

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Vintage Christmas Noel Sets: The Best 5 Tips for Collectors

Yasmina Greco with her Vintage Christmas NOEL Collection

Vintage Christmas Noel Sets: The Ultimate 5 Tips for Collectors for collecting Noel figurines and candle holders from Santa Claus, Elves, Poodles, Snowmen, Angels, Candy Canes, Holt-Howard. You may have noticed that Christmas is in the air. That feeling of festivity and joy that comes with this time of year can be attributed to many things, but one of them surely has to be all the vintage kitschy decorations.

Vintage 1950s NOEL Angel Girl Bells - Japan
Vintage 1950s NOEL Angel Girl Bells – Japan

For me, one of my favorite things to do is pull out the vintage NOEL sets that I have been collecting for years and display these treasures as I get my home ready for Christmas. If you love a touch of nostalgia with some Mid-Century flair then you’ll want to curl up with your cocoa and read our new blog post on Collecting Vintage Christmas: Noel Sets for tips on buying, selling, and searching for these treasures.

Yasmina Greco’s Vintage Christmas NOEL Collection Kitschy Mid-Mod Decorations

Today’s blog post features some of my vintage Noel collection that dates from the 1950s-1960s and features Noel candle holders, Noel bells, and Noel figurines. When it comes to vintage Noel collectibles there are so many varieties and themes from Santa Claus, Elves, Poodles, Snowmen, Angels, Candy Canes, and even Clowns, that there really is something for everyone and you can easily have a theme each year for your holiday decorating too!!

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Vintage Christmas in Antique Booths: Holiday Success Tips

Vintage NOEL Sets - Christmas
Vintage NOEL Sets – Picture from The Golden Glow of Christmas from Pinterest

Experiencing “Vintage Christmas in Antique Booths” is truly a journey back in time. As the festive season looms, it’s the perfect moment to give your booth that nostalgic Christmas makeover. This transition doesn’t just resonate with the charm of bygone eras but also magnetizes holiday shoppers. Dive into our guide, brimming with “Holiday Success Tips” for your booth. Uncover which classic items are holiday hits and the best ways to display them, creating an ambiance that recalls cherished memories and kindles the Christmas spirit!

Picture is from my collection

Vintage Christmas Noel Angels
Vintage Christmas Noel Angels – My Personal Collection

Knowing What Customers Crave

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The Best Tips for Collecting Vintage 1950s Spaghetti Poodles

Yasmina Greco Spaghetti Poodle Collection 1950sToday I am thrilled to share one of my passions with you all – collecting vintage Spaghetti Poodles! These little guys are positively precious, and they add a wonderful sense of cuteness while perfectly fitting into my mid-century modern aesthetic.

My favorite pieces from the collection have got to be the 1950’s Norcrest poodle trio in glasses & bows on the tray plus Lipper & Mann’s ‘NOEL’ set for Christmas time. Also included in this beloved assortment is an array of delightful lipstick holders, planters, vases – it just can’t get any better than that!

UPDATE: You can ready about my collections on a recently published piece in the Antique Trader

Norcrest Napco Lefton Spaghetti Poodle Collection 1950sTake a step back in time and revel in the kitschy cuteness of 1950s poodles! Back then, these furry four-legged friends were everywhere – from classic Poodle skirts to intricate spaghetti art ware figurines. Ceramic artists crafted unique pieces using a special technique that mimicked the pup’s fur and sparked an excitement for all things “spaghetti” poodle!

Spaghetti art wear is made from clay, porcelain, and ceramic which is applied as “fur” to form various textures of a poodle’s hairdo. To accomplish the spaghetti look, ceramicists and designers would have different techniques like using tea strainers to push the material through to form strands that were then attached to the poodle giving it a pom-pom look or they would swirl it onto to the poodle for a curly look. The spaghetti is very fragile and tends to break or chip over the years.

Norcrest Napco Lefton Spaghetti Poodle Collection 1950s Yasmina Greco

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4 Tips on How to Nail the Classic Curvy Christmas Outfit

Mid-Century Modern Christmas Outfit

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ‘Tis the season for eggnog, gingerbread, and most importantly…Christmas parties and photos! If you’re anything like me, you love getting all dressed up for a festive soirée. But if you’re also like me, you struggle to find a flattering Christmas outfit that fits your curves just right. Never fear! I’m here to help you find the perfect ensemble that will have you feeling confident and fabulous all night long.

One of my favorite parts about the holidays is getting all decked out in my finest clothes and going to holiday parties. Unfortunately, finding a flattering and stylish outfit can be a bit of a challenge when you’re curvy. Too often, I find myself feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable in ill-fitting clothes that just don’t work with my body type. But this year, I’m determined to find the perfect Christmas outfit that makes me feel confident and beautiful. Here are a few tips that I’ve learned along the way:

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