Archive for Thursday, December 21, 2006

Vintage Christmas trees

December 21, 2006

Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming! How did it get here so fast?

We have lived in our house for more than 55 years - and needless to say we have lots of stuff accumulated in our garage. We recently were talking about the different kinds of Christmas trees we have used over the years. We have had short trees, tall trees, real trees, imitation trees.

During the late 1950s, there was a trend away from hauling home a real tree, picking up pine needles on the floor, then disposing of it only to have to buy a new one the next year.

In the mid-1960s we joined the trend and purchased an aluminum tree. It was so pretty decorated with all-blue, shiny ornaments, and because we could not put electric lights on the tree, we had to use a color wheel that faced upward from the floor. This would make the silver glow with red, blue, green or yellow.

Last week I started thinking about the heavy artificial tree in a big box in the garage that I usually dragged into the house and put together, under stress. Lo and behold, when I went to look for our tree, I found another box that I recognized. It was our aluminum tree in its original box with all 91 pompom end branches in their sleeves. The price tag on the box was $8.98.

I could not resist bringing it in and setting it up. The first thing my wife said was, "Where's the color wheel?"

It could not be found and we do not remember what happened to it. We have looked at antique stores, hardware stores, etc., with no luck at all.

We hope that between now and Christmas we will have located a color wheel. So with any luck, you may see this vintage mid-'60s Christmas tree in our front window.

Merry Christmas from our house to yours.

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