Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas past and that silver Christmas tree

This is an older Christmas post!

As the Captain and I have the Christmas boxes in from the storage shed, going through my collection of Christmas stuff and anticipating decorating for Christmas, it got me to thinking back on Christmas past when I was a child.

Although I have always had a fascination of everything sparkly and flashy, I was never too keen on the silver tree with the revolving light, making the tree seem to turn colors.

In fact, I hated that tree.

How did that fad catch on anyway?

Yuck!  It was an awful looking tree!

There is something about a green tree with tinsel, flashing lights, homemade popcorn garland, and the toy ornaments that did  something for me.  That silver tree felt cold and sterile.

Something that bugged me about that silver tree is that it just didn't go with the nativity scene and the little houses that were lit up at the bottom of the tree.  And the sweet little plastic glittery deer I loved to  play with were not welcome at the foot of that silver tree.  It was a different "Christmas look."

The "normal" green Christmas tree was a tremendous fascination for me, I loved all those festive little things that were banished from the silver tree . . . I could sit on the floor by the tree  and be entertained for hours . . . but not the silver one.

We had a Christmas tradition that involved the neighbors . . . stringing popcorn garlands for everyone's Christmas trees. This was done every year . . . a total of three families got together with lots of bowls overflowing with popcorn to eat and string. It was loads of fun sitting around stringing popcorn after dinner, drinking hot chocolate and singing along with the Christmas music playing. The party was always hosted by our next door neighbors who never had one of those awful silver trees.

Funny thing about this annual party . . . we also helped decorate their tree . . . it was part of the festivities.   The next door neighbors had no children, so they kind of adopted us neighbor kids and loved to spoil us throughout the year. The funny thing . . . and looking back in the real world as an adult, not really funny, but sad . . . anyway, Tom (the next door neighbor) was a serious drinker who insisted on putting the topper on the tree AFTER it was decorated later in the evening when he was a bit lit up himself from way too much booze. The problem was that he would always fall into the tree and come out laughing . . . then everyone helped to tidy it back up.

It was also traditional for him to fall into the shrubs putting the outside lights up.  The neighborhood men always made sure to be around to help him back up when he would holler for help.  He never failed to end up there!

LOL He was quite a character!

Those Christmas memories of my childhood are rather sad since almost everyone involved have passed away or moved away, a time in place that has truly moved on.  However, I fondly think of them every Christmas and smile at the thought of Tom's big butt hanging out of the tree.

Happy Holidays!


Emy said...

Thanks for linking up to Welcome Weekend last week. Sorry it took me so long :-) I am now following you via GFC here and on your other blog.

Have a great weekend!

Menopausal New Mom said...

New follower from the blog hop, I love the photo of the presents at the top. So warm AND festive at the same time. Wish I was there Lol!

Kristina @ Peaches Reviews said...

Following you from the Super 7 Blog Hop!

Anonymous said...

Stopping in from the Saturday Hop...I'm now a follower on Networked Blogs (already a GFC follower)!

Stop by if you get a chance!

Kelly~ Wave of Life Surf Studio said...

I don't get the whole silver tree thing either!!

Hi there! I am your newest follower from the Saturday blog hop~ I would love it if you stopped by and returned the love :)

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Nina's Mama said...

Good Morning – found your site thru Relax and Surf Sunday.

Now following.

I remember those trees. A friend of mine had one when I was a kid and I thought it was the coolest thing. Thank goodness I don't have the same taste as I did when I was 6 or so.


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Merry Christmas! New follower from the Totally Tuesday Hop!

Tiffany said...

Thanks for linking up on the Christmas Traditions blog hop! I am following u. Those sound like great memories to cherish!
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~ deb ~ said...

I LOVE the silver tree!! It's a classic.. lol.

Lilliput Cottage said...

I'm your newest follower from the Keepin' Company Blog Hop! What a wonderful blog...look forward to reading more! And I have to agree with you on the silver trees!

Janet Ellis said...

:-))) that silver tree looks just like I remember my Aunt Ruth having back in the 60s. :-))) I'm new over from Over 40 and

Barb said...

Hi There!
I found you through Java's blog follow. I'm your newest follower. Drop by my blog and say hi!

Haute Mom said...

I am your new follower from the Saturday Blog hop! I love the name of your blog!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Whoa! We had a silver Christmas tree, too, when I was a kid. I disliked it, too. I missed the fresh green trees. My parents bought the glitter thing to save money. It lasted for years.

Canadianmom said...

Following you from So followed Saturday Blog Hop! Love your blog!

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Take care and have a wonderful weekend!

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I'm you're newest weekend follower from Mom of all Trades.

Brandy said...

Hoppin over from Saturday's Blog Hop. Great Blog! Now am a follower! Would love for you to stop by if you get a chance

EmptyNester said...

Found you via Java's over 40 hop! Love your blog! What wonderful memories of fun! I know what you mean about those silver trees, luckily we never had one!

Nancy said...

What a fun blog you have!!
Stopping by from Friday Follow blog hop. Hope you get a chance to check out my blog,
Have a wonderful weekend! Blessings,

Anonymous said...

New follower from so followed Saturday...great blog.

karen said...

great popcorn memory- following you from SFS!

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

Awesome blog.
I really enjoyed your post...brings me back wonderful memories.
I also dislike silver trees.

New follower from Pink Dandy Chatter, hope you can stop by myblog.

Wishing you a great Sunday!

Sofia's Ideas said...

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Jaime said...

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Doing some blog hopping today via Relax & Surf Sunday
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Misty said...

I'm a new follower from the Saturday Stalk Blog Hop! I would love a follow back :) It would be awesome if you could also follow me on Networked Blogs & Facebook too! I am also following you via Networked blogs but for some reason it doesn't show up:(

Thanks, Misty

Lindsey said...

I'm your newest follower! Hope you'll visit my blog!

KD said...

Very funny, but you're right...sad. I'm glad you have such fond memories! Merry Christmas :)

Suertemom said...

Those are funny stories you can tell your children. I'm your newst follower.

Out of My Mind said...

Oh,Mannnn, I remember those trees. In fact, one of my Christmas blogs is about twhen my mother did away with the silver tree and opted for a real one (and the ensuring disaster). It is scheduled to post 12/29 on

I am new at this. I just started blogging in July.
Boy, do you have a fantastic spread! I am really impressed!

I can't seem to figue out how to get onto the list.
Will keep trying.


Gina Alfani said...

Repost from Christmas 2010 . . . what are some of your Christmas childhood memories?


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