I’m about to seriously show my age in this post.
My family had an aluminum Christmas tree for a few years when I was a child. They were all the rage around 1958 – the mid 1960’s. Clearly I was very young at the time, but I do remember that tree with the warm fuzzy feels. What was not to like? It was shimmery and shiny, and the color wheel that lit it up was a magical array of primary colors that kept the colors changing.
I loved it. Sorry, Charlie Brown!
We only used it for a few years then went back to the original beauty of the green (probably after Charlie Brown dogged it)!
Still, I had good memories of those silver years, so about 20 Christmases ago I bought one to use as an additional tree in our home..color wheel and all! It was a fun little addition to Christmas (at least for me).
I just put it up again for this year. It didn’t disappoint! It couldn’t take the place of our “main” tree, but it’s always fun to see it again.
We are hosting a Christmas party for our Sunday School class this year. It’s a double duty party. It’s a way to serve “our people” and it forces us to decorate for Christmas. Last year, we threw up a small tree with minimal ornaments, and that was it. That was more than we felt like doing. It more than we feel like doing this year as well. We know we need to decorate for the kids and grands – but our hearts are not in it.
Hosting a party was our way of forcing ourselves into action. It’s keeping us busy too, which is good.
But I digress!
The silver tree will stand at the party – sadly without its magical color wheel (broken)! But it still shines and shimmers in the corner of the breakfast room, just past the grand white tree in the dining room and the main tree in the living room.
A little glimmer of hope.