Coppell—The spirit of the holidays was alive and well in Coppell as local businesses gathered in Old Town to celebrate a vintage Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 4. From pop-up markets along the square to live performances at the Grove, festivities were in full swing as Santa and Mrs. Claus welcomed visitors to the Coppell Heritage Park.
At Createria Studios, Kate Shimataught kids to create Christmas crafts.
“I love seeing all the people and having everybody come out,” Shima said. “I get to see some of my students that I haven’t seen since summer. I get to see my neighbors.It’s really awesome.
“For me [this event] means all the businesses in Old Town coming together to do an event where we provide something for everybody. Hot chocolate, visits with Santa, letters, all kinds of things like that. It’s a group effort to be with the community.”
For many people, the phrase “vintage Christmas” calls to mind old traditions and feelings of nostalgia.
“I’m thinking [vintage is] kind of the mid-century, ‘A Christmas Story,’ especially as it relates to our sites here,” Brad Dougher, consultant for Coppell Heritage Park, said. “But to me, it’s more of a country Christmas.Everybody coming together, visiting together.Communities coming together as we’re seeing today.”
For other people, like Jennifer Bauer, vintage means bringing out the antique ornaments and holiday heirlooms.
“I would probably say my parents’ tree and decorations are vintage,” Bauer said. “They’ve been married over 60 years, and I have a lot of their things.”
Bauer’s daughter Lily had a much simpler idea of what a vintage Christmas is.
“Christmas trees and Santa, that’s the first thing that I come up with when it comes to Christmas and vintage,” Lily said.