The big tree was not completed until Christmas Eve..the Grands along with their Mothers helped to finish it off.
They heard about the oldest ornament..
I showed them how the Shiny Brites are marked with their names on the top of the metal cap..and how the polish ones have a different crimped cap.
I told them about how some colors are plentiful, there are many red, silver and gold ornaments. Orange and purple ones are few and far between. There is a beautiful aquamarine blue color..I have a few..
It is a tree filled with childhood memories. Minus the messy tinsel. Mixed with memories of trips to antique shops and garage sales, sprinkled with gifts from friends who understand the obsession and with new memories of little hands gently reaching for ornaments. Someday perhaps the Grands will see a Shiny Brite and say “Hey, that reminds me of my Grandma.” There are worse things that you can be remembered for.
It has no lights..and the Christmas tree skirt I purchased at a garage sale is not quite large enough..but I was still pleased with the way it turned out. The final count? I lost track after 420 ornaments.
It will take many days to de decorate..but I am not quite ready to put it all back in it’s coffin yet:)