Tuesday, December 12, 2017

On the Fourth Day of a Feminine Christmas


This mid-century half-apron really brings back memories.  My mother and grandmother always wore aprons like this.  And every Christmas, their aprons reflected the joy and specialness of the season with embellishments such as felt cut-outs of Christmas trees and the ever-present holly leaf replete with crimson berries.

Nearly every Home Economics class taught girls how to make a simple apron and both my mother and grandmother made their own.  Theirs had other beautiful dressmaker touches such as rickrack trim and deep pockets.  After all, what use is an apron without pockets?

What really touches me about home-sewn Christmas aprons is the extent to which homemakers went to make these items especially for the holiday.  And knowing that their festive aprons came out but once a year made them all the more special when they were at last seen again.  Somehow, it just elevated the entire season.


8 comments:

  1. Love aprons! Oh yes, an apron must have pockets. One of my most treasured aprons is my mother's made of blue morning glory print cotton with blue trim.

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  2. Donna, I haven't been online much lately and when I am there's always catching up to do with my blog friends. But I saw your post pop up and remembered the joy it used to be to come here and read your unique posts, and so I found this lovely series. Each of the four is a little work of art. After I return from a couple of days visiting my granddaughters I will be returning to read your new offerings here. I share such a love of the things you write about.
    Thank you!
    Dewena

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    1. Dewena, thank you for your kind comment. I ate it with a spoon!

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  3. I still have the 2 aprons I made for both of my Grandmothers. Red with a green waistband, pocket and ties trimmed with gold rickrack and jingle bells on the pocket! Thanks for the memories! ❤️ Merry Christmas Donna!

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    1. email me your phone number Sue. emilyatheart@gmail.com

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  4. What a nice tradition for the holidays, and a charming illustration too. :-)

    A hearty thank you for your kind response to my post!!

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  5. I wish I had the sweet, funny little Christmas aprons that my mom used. They were always chiffon with some darling little yuletide touches. Last year, my daughter gave me a Christmas apron whose pocket was a vintage Xmas hankie! So darling! Christmas red chiffon with a cute yuletide kitten on the pocket...I only wear it annually, but oh, how I love it!

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