Over the years I have had many different styles of Christmas tree. Primitive, Victorian, even a tree that hung upside down. The last 3 years I have had a retro aluminum tree. I love it!
When I was a kid, it was a great treat to stay with my Great Grandmother. She was born in 1896 which to me as a child made her exotic (and incredibly old). She ate cookies with her cereal in the morning, a bowl of ice cream before bed every night and had a taste for the gaudy. She loved beads and sparkly jewelry and lace. Lots of lace. At Christmas she had a silver aluminum tree. I had never seen one before or anywhere else. The rest of the family found it slightly offensive. I thought it was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. I loved it, it was so her. The trees were already out of fashion when I came along.
Their height of poplularity running roughly from 1959 to around 1962.
So, a few years ago I stumbled on my tree, right before Thanksgiving. I couldn't get it out of my mind. A couple of days later I came home and it was in my living room. Eric had went back and bought it.
My mother still thinks it is atrocious and my kids don't get it but it makes me happy and reminds me of the woman who ate cookies for breakfast and ice cream at bedtime.
Merry Christmas, Dawn