Even though the Christmas tree becomes the center of attention, there are a lot more things that can illuminate interiors for the joyous occasion. And this is true for both contemporary Christmas decoration ideas and the ones used in the past. And while you're probably somewhat familiar with the first, you most likely don't know as much about the latter. Compiled by Bored Panda, these vintage photos of Christmas home decorations from the 1950s-60s will definitely change that!

(h/t vintageeveriday)

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C 1 month ago

This is pretty. Love how it sits on that table

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Nervous Chaos 1 month ago

Doggo is not amused.

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Daria B 1 month ago

Christmas decorations may change, but cats are always cats. ♥

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tuzdayschild 1 month ago

Ooooh...that blue dress if so pretty.

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Adele Maestranzi 1 month ago

This was the tree we had growing up in the 60s. You could not put electric lights on them (you could get a powerful shock), but you had a lighted "color wheel" on the floor projecting colored light onto the silver branches.

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Lisa J 1 month ago

The color of all the trees in A Charlie Brown Christmas are starting to make sense.

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Grumble O'Pug 1 month ago

Tinsel. omg. I remember so much tinsel.

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violetta 1 month ago

Is that the original "If I Fits I Sit" cat??

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C 1 month ago

The cats are getting ready to ruin Christmas

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Damien T 1 month ago

Yep, long gone are the days when Golliwogs were acceptable dolls.

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Grumble O'Pug 1 month ago

Mid-mod perfection.

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Unicornlover 1 month ago

Looks like my Grandma's house

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Unicornlover 1 month ago

That reindeer is creepy and cute at the same time

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C 1 month ago

Sick buffer

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Taryn Wallace 1 month ago

Haha tinsel the absolute bane of any parent's existence especially when trying to vacuum it up....

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Misterscooter 1 month ago

I keep wondering what Instagram filter they used.

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Mother Mary Helen 1 month ago

I had a record player like that! Good times.

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Aunt Messy 1 month ago

Wow! I would have KILLED for that kitchen set when I was a kid. What can I say? I was always into cooking.

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Mother Mary Helen 1 month ago

Cat: "Please leave, hooman; I need to destroy the tree right about meow"

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Bonnie Blue Bird 1 month ago

The area where all kids were banned :P

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C 1 month ago

The kid cars were way cooler back then. They may not have been remote controlled but they looked way more sleek.

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Jodi Ellis 1 month ago

Christmas was so simple back then and people actually sent christmas cards too.

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Adele Maestranzi 1 month ago

That's my dollhouse! All metal with molded plastic furniture.

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desert29rat 1 month ago

Look at the clock! Those were very popular.

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Misterscooter 1 month ago

They've had so much to drink that they are seeing pink bears.

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desert29rat 1 month ago

Another scary metal tree.

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desert29rat 1 month ago

Radio on top of the TV again.

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Bonnie Blue Bird 1 month ago

oh my .... those walls and curtains

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desert29rat 1 month ago

We had a white tree with color-coordinated ornaments like that. It was pretty, but not as much fun as a mixture of ornaments collected over the years.

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Grumble O'Pug 1 month ago

tufted upholstered wall. Work. it. out.

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birdhouse 1 month ago

By the look of that tree, this must be Charlie Brown's house.

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My dog is my co pilot. 1 month ago

The tree looks like it has a smiley face

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SunflowersAreGold 1 month ago

They had a lot of presents back then!

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SunflowersAreGold 1 month ago

This picture makes me feel so cozy and warm inside.

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Lisa J 1 month ago

People really liked to take pictures of their TVs back then.

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Holly Hofmann 1 month ago

My Grandma had those singing kids/angels in the red and green. She put them out every year for decades!

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desert29rat 1 month ago

Many of our neighbors had those metal trees. I wasn't crazy about them.

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SunflowersAreGold 1 month ago

The Christmas tree is melting!

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Adele Maestranzi 1 month ago

Notice how most of these photos feature the television set, prominently displayed.

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BusLady 1 month ago

A real fireplace for a change.

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SunflowersAreGold 1 month ago

The presents look like they're glowing!

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Mother Mary Helen 1 month ago

Dang kitschy!

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Adele Maestranzi 1 month ago

They used to sell thin cardboard sheets with a brick pattern printed on them as a fake fireplace.

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BusLady 1 month ago

Something tells me there is a boy in this family. We girls were never allowed to play with boy's toys, but they had the neatest toys.

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Jaguarundi 1 month ago

Is this tree upside down?

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SunflowersAreGold 1 month ago

Is that tree on a couch?

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desert29rat 1 month ago

Great tree. This one has lights. Those lights got very hot.

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Nata Joy 1 month ago

m-minimalism

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Lisa J 1 month ago

A great aunt's house most likely.

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