Far Guy bought me a TALL tree last year after I whined publicly on my blog about the time when I picked out a really tall tree for him to cut down..he did..then he cut it off about 6 feet tall when I wanted a 12 foot tall tree. Miscommunication at it’s finest. Last year he felt so guilty that he bought me a ten foot tall artificial tree for upstairs. It gets no lights..and is the perfect tree for all of the Shiny Brites that I collect. Shiny Brites are glass ornaments from the 1940’s and the 1950’s.
The “Grands” helped me decorate the TALL tree it last year..I will save several boxes of ornaments for them to put on the tree on Christmas Eve. It is a new tradition.
Luckily the top part of the ten foot tall tree can be decorated separately and then hoisted up in place with only a few of the 200 ornaments falling off..and minimal cussing.
It is about one third done..since I am counting the ornaments I will know how many I have on it when it is complete. I wonder what will happen first a full tree or an empty coffin? Last year I ran out of ornament hooks..that won’t be happening this year.
I would like to have all the fancy ornament hangers like the one in this photo..they don’t get nearly as tangled as the other plain ones.
Shiny Brites are what they are. Many people used to spray artificial snow on their trees years ago, the red Shiny Brite in the background is sporting some old snow. I leave the ornaments in their original condition, if they have string hangers they are left in place. If they are dusty I wipe them with a dry cloth, nothing wet should ever be used on them..paints they used back then are not waterproof. If they are so filthy that you want to wash them..then don’t buy them.
The designers must have had a blast choosing the designs and the colors. Since these ornaments are glass..they can break and I am sure that was part of the design..for repeat customers.
Life lessons learned this week: Do not put all of the extra wire ornament hangers in a wire basket..they will fall through the holes and it take you an hour to get them untangled..I felt like throwing the entire mess in the garbage.