Western collectors Chad and Zuzanna Isham spill the beans on their favorite Christmas records, and give us some top-notch recs for all things vintage.
Chad and Zuzanna are curators in the purest sense, collecting rare and priceless pieces of Western history. They talk about their experience holiday experiences and share some of their favorite holiday gifts for vintage lovers and newbies to antiques alike.
It wouldn’t be the holidays without … Walter Brennan’s ’Twas The Night Before Christmas on the turntable.
Most wonderful Christmas memory … making hatch chile tamales for the first time with our friends.
For our holiday meal, we especially look forward to … homemade gingerbread cookies in the shapes of all of our animals.
Our family’s most cherished holiday traditions are … dressing up like a cowboy Santa and delivering toys horseback.
Best place to spend the holidays … New Mexico where the air is brisk, and the smell of pinon is everywhere.
My greatest wish for the new year ahead is … health and prosperity for our loved ones.
A New Take On Vintage
Nothing makes a better gift than a piece of history. Ranchers and curators Zuzanna and Chad Isham take you through a tour of their treasure trove.
Navajo-made Old Pawn Kingman turquoise squash blossom ($8,500), hippiecowgirlcouture.com; Don Dewa Zuni inlay and Spinner Bracelet ($1,500), westerntradingpost.com; Hand-knit sweater featuring horned Hereford ($750), 1940s bronc rider ring ($695), Cowgirl riding suit made for the legendary XIT Rodeo & Reunion in Dalhart, Texas, during the 1930s ($1,500), shop.chadisham.com; H.C. Evans Horse Race Gambling Wheel ($4,500), ciscosgallery.com; High-top Arapaho beaded moccasins circa 1890 ($12,500), nathaliesantafe.com; Sterling Navajo-made hat pin ($425), Ortega's Chimayo wood coat hand woven in New Mexico ($895), shop.chadisham.com.