Vintage Style Christmas 1960’s Aluminum Tree

We are closing in on our first 6 months in our new home.  Being it will be our first Christmas here, my son Trent suggested we set-up the family vintage tree.  By family I mean my Mom’s when she was growing up.  Yup!  Totally authentic aluminum branch tree.  Grandpa Albert bought it because he was allergic to pine.

Lucky for me Roni nor our other sisters asked to use it this year.  I had dibs.  Dad brought it over to Roni’s Thanksgiving Day and loaded it in my car.  How nice right?  We brought it home and then it sat boxed up in the dining room until this past Sunday.  Sophia was excited to assist in setting it up.  Thank goodness because whoever had it last didn’t rubberband the color bundles together.  Making our set-up a tad bit longer.  Years ago when I borrowed it Trent and I painstakingly organized, bundled, re-colored dots (after making sure Mom wasn’t planning to re-sell it because it would lose value) and marked tree holes accordingly.  Love my sharpie collection!

Aluminum branches individually wrapped and color coded.

Aluminum branches individually wrapped and color coded.

I’m not sure exactly how many branches there are but there are a lot.  We had to sort and organize each color then by one, two or three dots.

To make our job easier when we dismantle we paper clipped the empty wrappers accordingly.

Empty wrappers paper clipped and ready for dismantling tree.

Empty wrappers paper clipped and ready for dismantling tree.

We started to build the tree and then I remembered to take a picture when we were half way done.  Haha.

Half way done.

Half way or 3/4’s done.

Using the shattered proof ornaments that I’ve been hoarding for like a dozen years we decorated our tree in blues, greens, and silver.

Ornaments.

Ornaments.

We pulled out Trent’s old baby blanket (our neighbor Irena made him) and Trent set-up the Color Wheel.  Which makes this tree authentically LEGIT!

Color wheel shining bright.

Color wheel shining brightly.

Although, it’s technically Trent’s year to put up our family star; Sophia got to put up this one.

After market foil star I found and packed with tree the first time we used it.

Aftermarket foil star I found and packed with the tree the first time we used it.

Voila!  1960’s $24.95 Made in the U.S.A.  7ft Taper Tree Sears Robuck and Co. (which also happens to be the manufacturer of our flannels we got this year too.)

1960 Tapper Tree

1960 Taper Tree

Visit my link to Vintage Trees by Jeni Sandberg on the Etsy blog for an in-depth read about these wonderful Christmas trees.  Time-lapse vlog of our set-up is up on our You Tube channel.  Give it a click!

Tis’ the Season – T*

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