Friday, December 9, 2011

a silver christmas

 


i put up two christmas trees yesterday. a white one for robert's grandma and this one. the same silver tree that has graced my grandpa's formal living room for the past fifty years. it is shiny and the ornaments are so fragile i may or may not have cracked one. and i declare, i do love the smell and look of a good fraser fir, but these tiny trees, with their revolving, colorful bases, stir up a delight in me that is unmatched. i think it's because i can see the history in them. in the grubby hands that packaged them up every january, and the faces who would lie under the stems, watching the kaleidoscope show.

it's a red and green christmas. but every one needs a little sparkle now and again.

18 comments:

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I love it! We had a silver tree like this growing up, except it didn't have that fancy revolving base. I would love to have another one :)

Thisisme. said...

I love that revolving base and how wonderful that the same tree has been taken out and decorated for the past 50 years! As you say, so many, many memories over all those years. Enjoy your weekend my friend.

Emma Frances said...

I have never seen these trees with the revolving bases but I love them!! :]

kira said...

I love the silver tree, and I bet it's extra special that it belonged to your grandpa.

SymbioticLife said...

My family had the same Christmas tree my whole life. I love the history and memories that come with it. I've stared my own family now and we've gotten our own tree to hold onto through the years and build our own memories with.

Gentri said...

Love love love. :)

chambanachik said...

That is so much fun!

Suz and Allan said...

I have the same silver tree from my grandparent's that we still have at my parent's house. How neat! Yours looks beautiful with the blue ornaments!

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Marianne M. said...

Hmm i wonder why and how does the base of your tree shine? its the first time i see something like that and i am really impressed

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Amanda said...

There's always that special something around Christmas that might not make sense to everyone, but it does to you. For you it's the kaleidoscope Christmas tree. For me, it's the styrofoam snowman and snowwoman that my great-aunt made for us. Sure it looks a little kitschy and doesn't really go with our entire scheme -- but I love it. And, it will always be up at our house on Christmas.

Shalyn said...

Beautiful tree! I love that it was your grandpas- so special!

Holli said...

Perfect!!

Cassie said...

That tree is so special! I love that you have many many years of memories standing in your family room. x

wildchild said...

it's so cute. that's my favorite part of christmas- the traditions and love behind it all.

Cara-Mia said...

Love how special these trees are! Isn't that better than the trees that look like they're straight out of a department store?

Vic said...

i love old anythings...this must have been extremely special to put up! i love how simple, yet elegant the meaning is:)

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