It was Halloween--not even November yet!--and we made a trip to "Spartan's", (remember Hills Dept. Store?...like that!) and purchased our hunk of glitter, plus a color wheel to make it sparkle, an assortment of colored ornaments, and headed back to our little apartment.
Have you ever assembled one of those things? There is a center pole full of drilled holes, where each & every shimmery limb had to be placed. Talk about time consuming! But we lovingly put the thing together, adorned it with ornaments, placed the color wheel for the best viewing advantage, and then took a little drive so we could see how it looked from our living room window.
Thankfully, our apartment was in the back of the building, and I think we decided to keep our shades shut for just a few days so our neighbors wouldn't think we had gone completely crazy.
We used the silly tree for several years. I see here where just the following year we only put blue ornaments on it. No doubt we wanted to have a "Blue, Blue Christmas"! Also notice my blow up Santa in both photos. Bob brought Mr. Santa home to me from where he worked at the Sinclair station!
The tree made the trip to Indiana years later, and Bob remembers that we gave it to a man at our church. (Rita....I do believe it was your Dad!)
And then just a few years ago, we got all nostalgic and I found another one in an antique mall and paid an outrageous price for it, plus we had to find another color wheel! We set the thing up and Jeff's first comments were..."it looks like icicles on a stick"!
I don't have time to take each branch out piece by piece this year, so we won't be having our sparkling Christmas tree. It is safely put away where I can't get to it to toss it out. Maybe one day I'll put it together for the grandchildren's amusement.