Questers Experience a Vintage Christmas

Sylvia Munsen

Sylvia Munsen

Sandi Newberry

The Catalina Timewalkers chapter of Questers met in the home of member Sylvia Munsen whose home was decorated with her amazing, large collections of vintage Christmas decorations, which she and her mother have collected throughout their lives.

For the December monthly meeting, Sylvia presented a program about her collection of vintage Christmas decorations from the late-19th century to the mid-century. Her collection includes a German Feather Tree with decorations from the early 20th century as well as a reproduction feather tree so the members could compare and contrast the real from the faux. She also has an Iowa corn dryer tree with mid-20th century decorations, a grapevine tree, and a Scandinavian tree all decorated with vintage ornaments.

Sylvia also highlighted typical gifts for children in the late-19th to mid-20th century including sleds and game boards, dolls and books, and games and toys. In addition, Sylvia shared a variety of Santa Clauses (from store displays to hand-carved and folk items) as well as Nisses (which are Norwegian elves who bring gifts to children and the animals), post cards, a hand-carved nativity from Oberammergau, Germany, and other miscellaneous holiday decorations. It was enjoyable as well as educational and provided the opportunity for everyone to recall holiday traditions as a child.

The Catalina Timewalkers Chapter of Questers welcomes new members anytime. The purpose of Questers is to keep history alive by supporting preservation, restoration, and education. The Catalina Timewalkers meet on the third Friday of the month from October through May. Contact Sandi Newberry at 520-818-0199 if you are interested and would like to attend a meeting or want more information.