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Collectors and historians from around the world have come together to form the Golden Glow of Christmas Past, a wonderful non-profit organization focusing on the education and history of antique and vintage Christmas ornaments, lights and decorations. Founded in 1980 as a small group of like-minded Christmas light bulb collectors, our club has grown into an international organization that holds a large convention in a different city each summer.

The “Glow” focuses on Christmas items made or manufactured 40 years prior to the current year. So, this year our organization focuses on Christmas ornaments, lights, decorations and history prior to 1976. All are welcome to join, no matter what level of collecting or knowledge you have. Members of the Golden Glow of Christmas Past receive six bi-monthly issues of THE GLOW Magazine each year. Another benefit of membership is having access to our complete website, featuring wonderful articles, a searchable database of back issues of THE GLOW Magazine, member forums, a buy/sell marketplace and a virtual museum room featuring pictures of members’ collections of antique and vintage Christmas.

While the rest of the world has to spend 364 days without the joy of Christmas, at the Golden Glow of Christmas Past, everyday is the most wonderful time of the year! So hang your stockings by the chimney with care, start picturing sugar plums and take stock of your wares. Christmas is here, no matter the season, making collector connections is plenty ‘o reasons.

 


A message from our chair

Craig McManus as Santa 1965

Merry Christmas!

Yes, that’s right, it’s always Christmas here at the “Glow!” I want to welcome all of you to our new website and invite you to have a look around. If you are a current member of the Golden Glow of Christmas Past, you will be able to access the special “members only” sections of this site with a password and username provided to you when you paid for your annual membership. If you are not yet a member, and love learning about or buying old Christmas ornaments, lights and decorations, I urge you to join our wonderful group today! The Golden Glow of Christmas Past is an international non-profit 501 c (7) organization open to everyone, everywhere. You don’t have to have a huge collection, or be an expert collector, you only need a love of vintage and antique Christmas to join. Whether you collect Shiny Brites, bubble lights, kugels or any other form of Christmas antiques, the Golden Glow is the organization for you! Everyone is welcome to join.

Each year in July, we hold a magical Christmas convention where members from around the world come to buy and sell antique Christmas items, attend informative lectures about Christmas antiques, socialize and have fun. If you love collecting vintage Christmas, you will find a lot of friends in the Glow! I hope you enjoy this new website. We would love to hear your feedback. Enjoy the magic of the new website, look around, and plan on staying a while, there’s a lot here to see…and even more once you become a member!

All the Best,
- Craig McManus - Chairperson , The Golden Glow of Christmas Past

Why should you join The Golden Glow?

By joining the “Glow” on an annual basis, you’ll receive a subscription to THE GLOW, our antique Christmas collecting magazine, which is mailed in February, April, June, August, October and December. THE GLOW is published by a volunteer group of dedicated members. It includes information on new research, collecting tips, services, news about current happenings and other collectors.


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