December 17, 2010A Look At Our Mid-Century Christmas Tree
So, here some of the ornaments that grace our white tree this year. We have all vintage ornaments on the tree, and all of them inherited! We didn’t have to buy a single one. Some of them are from Tom’s family, and some of them are from my Dad’s family.
The ornaments from my family all came from a huge black box that my great-grandfather made in the 1920’s. I am not sure what exactly the dimensions are, but I know when it is full it takes two people to carry it!
The box had a TON of ornaments in it. Most were mid-century, like this plastic icicle and the pictured glass ornaments, but there were layers down at the bottom that were wrapped in newspapers from the 1920s. And some below that even!
One day we sat with my parents and divided up all of the ornaments in the black chest into three new ornament boxes, one for me, one for my sister and one for my brother. It took most of the afternoon, and when we were finished each new box easily had enough ornaments to decorate 2 trees.
It is neat not just to have vintage ornaments to decorate our tree, but to have ornaments that were use to decorated our parents’ trees, our grandparents’, and even our great-granparents’ trees! Suddenly holding each ornament becomes a connection to our family, and I find myself wondering whose hands touched it in the past to hang it on the family tree. And how many generations of presents sat waiting for Christmas morning under these colorful little guys.
What about you, readers? Do you have any ornaments passed down from your family? Let us know!