The Saga of the Silver Christmas Tree

Marlene in front of the aluminum tree on Christmas Day 1967, complete with purple ornaments and candy canes.

Once upon a time in the 1960’s,
When everybody thought everything was nifty,

Came out of a box,
Complete with branches and stand,

An aluminum Christmas tree,
Of which I was not a fan.

It was thought to be modern,
And space age too,

No chopping, no watering,
Less clean up for you.

It shown in the window,
All shiny and bright,

With color wheel turning,
As it could wear no lights.

It was artificial,
So it had no scent,

Please! Can’t we have a real one,
And finally it went,

Now that I think about it,
So long ago,

I love that Silver Christmas Tree,
With all its glow,

You might think them tacky,
You may call them cheap,

 But now that they are vintage,
Many people think they’re neat.



According to Wikipedia

At the height of the aluminum tree’s popularity, the trees were sold in the Sears Catalog. Sears’ sales pitch remarked:

“Whether you decorate with blue or red balls . . . or use the tree without ornaments – this exquisite tree is sure to be the talk of your neighborhood. High luster aluminum gives a dazzling brilliance. Shimmering silvery branches are swirled and tapered to a handsome realistic fullness. It’s really durable . . needles are glued and mechanically locked on. Fireproof . . you can use it year after year.” – Sears, 1963 Christmas Book




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