How To Decorate A Vintage Sled

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Do you love my vintage sled?  It’s dressed up for Christmas and bringing back so many memories.  I found this beauty in an antique shop in Lancaster, PA.  They had several sleds in the shop, but I was looking for a special sled.  It had to be a Lightning Guider and I just wasn’t going to settle for less. Luckily the owner was in the shop and heard my conversation with a few of the girls that I was traveling with.  She came out and said I have a Lightning Guider in the back if you would like to see it.   It was exactly what I was looking for, and the owner sold it to me for far less than its value.  

When I was growing up we had plenty of snow in the winter and plenty of Lightning Guider sleds to use.  We jumped for joy when school was canceled because we knew  we would be sled riding all day and eating King’s Syrup sandwiches.  They were so yummy and we didn’t have to bother mom to fix our sandwiches. We grabbed the bread, the syrup can and fixed all that we wanted. Anyway after our syrup sandwiches, we would bundle up and head across the street for hours of fun sled riding.  We would stay out until we just about froze. I remember my father pulling off our boots and sitting us beside the wood stove so we could  thaw outI also remember him using sandpaper to sharpen the blades so the sleds would go faster.  Old the good ole days. 

They stopped manufacturing the Lightning Guider in the 1990’s.  What a shame, it was the fastest and the best quality sled on the market.  It is now a classic, and I will hold on to it forever.

I decided to pull the sled out of storage and use it on my front porch for the winter.  I needed fresh greenery for a few center pieces that I want to work on for my tables  so I decided to add it to the sled as well.   Luckily I have plenty of pines, spruce and other greenery surrounding my property.  If you’re not as lucky, check out your local Christmas tree lot.  Most are more than willing to give you a few bundles for free.

I love combining different greenery in my center pieces.  I used 2 varieties of spruce and pine cuttings in this bundle. I tied the bundle together with gardening twist ties and than tied the greenery to the sled with additional gardening twist ties.  The bow was already on the sled so I just fluffed it out and readjusted it.  The bells are from a wreath that I purchased at the local Goodwill.  A friend found the ice skates at a local in Pennsylvania and shipped them to me, lol.  She knew that I would use them for Christmas, lol. The greenery will stay fresh in the cold air through the holiday season.

Did you have a Lightning Guider when you were growing up? If not, share a memory from your days of sledding.

 

 

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  1. I love your sled and how you’ve decorated it. My niece wanted an old sled for Christmas — the antique ones are VERY expensive! They just don’t make them like they used to! Merry Christmas Rhonda!

    • Rhonda Gales says:

      Thanks Kc. Yes, the older sleds are expensive. I have fond memories of jamming that sled into my car with two of my girlfriends and driving it 3 hours home. I love that antique dealer, lol. Merry Christmas to you too Kc.