Who Remembers Aluminum Christmas Trees?
November 24, 2017 8:58am CST
When I was very young, my father always brought home a small live fir tree for us to decorate at Christmas. I remember how fragrant those trees were and how much fun it was to gaze deeply in between their branches at all the ornaments. Then one year, when I was in my teens, Daddy broke with tradition and came home with a brand-new aluminum tree. It was a culture shock for us at first, as trimming such a tree is a totally different process. Needless to say, we couldn't put strings of electrical lights on it, nor did the tree need tinsel. (I didn't miss that part, as my mother was a stickler about tinsel. Instead of tossing handfuls of it into the branches of a real tree, she insisted on hanging each strand-or icicle-individually, which could take hours to do depending upon the size of the tree.) Another thing to consider was how cluttered the tree looked if we overloaded it with too many ornaments of different shapes and sizes, and we soon realized that a single color scheme worked best. That left how to light the tree, which was done using a lamp with a rotating wheel that cast different colors onto the aluminum: red, green, yellow, and blue. I was older by that time, so the whole idea of a Christmas tree had lost much of its appeal. My mother loved the silver tree and kept it till she finally moved into a smaller place after Dad died. From then on, she used a much smaller green artificial tree until the time came when she did away with decorating altogether other than to hang a wreath and put out a few small table-top ornaments. That's a long time ago now, and I don't remember what she did with that silver tree, just that neither my sister nor I wanted it. I hope whoever did end up with it enjoyed it as much as my mother once did. (Public Domain Image)
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• United States
I don't remember the aluminum trees but I do remember the smell of a real tree and as soon as I find a new home I want to have a real tree again. Of course, we'll keep the one to have and put it in another area but I really want a real tree again.
• United States
I do remember those trees. My parents always got the real trees, though. In my husband's office at work, he always made sure to find a spot for one pretty sick-looing aluminum tree. We have it somewhere in our basement now.