Wednesday, December 1, 2010
One thing I remember about our Christmas trees is that we always put them up on two orange crates covered with a white sheet. I guess that was to make room for the presents under the tree. My sister still has a couple of those old orange crates even though they are no longer used for the Christmas tree.
There were a number of my relatives that were total heathens in respect to the "real" Christmas tree idea. My mother's parents for some years had a tree that I believe was a very early forerunner of today's fiber optic tree. The catch was that this tree had to have a revolving color wheel to supply the ever-changing colors. I'm sure that anyone my age remembers these!
I don't remember how many years my grandparents had this type of tree, but I do remember being told by my parents not to get to close - they were always afraid we were going to knock it over.
In later years I remember my grandparents having a little (artificial) tree that they just set up on a table - which still seemed so WRONG to me as a child. As an adult I have a little more sympathy for the ease of the artificial tree. I will even admit to having a fiber optic tree in my house - but it's only the secondary tree down in the lower level. The upstairs still gets a BIG tree!