Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Little Retro Christmas

Yes, 3 bucks at a yard sale in a small village.  
And they threw in the color wheel.
I think I need to decorate the place up a bit for Christmas before it gets dark and Partner is home.
There--a little 60's Christmas cheer in a 1916 Mission Bungalow.

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  1. Brigid, This brings back so many memories of my childhood. I have actually been looking for one of these at all the Estate Sales I frequent.

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  2. Very nice! I remember those! I hope you and yours have a very retro Christmas!

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  3. Memories of childhood. Allergies forbade pine.

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    1. Some people have all the luck. Looks good.

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  4. Ah, memories...

    Grandpa the machinist once brought home a somewhat larger stainless steel version, along with probably the very same model of color wheel. He was quite proud of this, and apparently most of the men in the family agreed that nothing could be more modern.

    Eventually the ladies of the house teamed up to vote them down by the customary margin of infinity to however many votes they had, so it went permanently into Grandpa's basement, and we reverted to a real tree (triple needle balsam when available).

    After the lights and ornaments were on, said tree would be decorated with enough tinsel to fool the Luftwaffe about a thousand-plane raid, each strip painstakingly and individually draped just so, with patience and precision achievable only by veterans of Catholic school. This took several hours even when she could recruit help, and the result, as documented in old Polaroids (also courtesy of Grandpa), looked very... silvery and metallic.

    Much, much later, Mom turned to a vaguely realistic looking plastic Christmas tree a few feet tall whose needles are fiber optics, driven by a color organ in its base. I inherited this. It is actually quite attractive in a surreal sort of way, and best of all it is a preassembled unit, so all we have to do every year is plop it on the coffee table, fluff out the branches a little, and plug it in. Since we usually travel out of town to have Christmas with the no longer very portable oldest living generation of the family, this is perfect for us, but this year we are hosting Christmas and will probably have to do a real tree for the first time in years...

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  5. I remember those shiny, multi-color trees visible through picture windows all over Smalltown, Missouri, when I was growing up. Nice acquisition you have, there. :)

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  6. I remember one of those... Once... Then it was back to a real tree... Especially after the dog peed on the color wheel... :-(

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    1. how did that work out for the dog? :)

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    2. I had one of these for years - the wife & kids hated it. Somehow, on our last move, it got "lost" - yeah right! Now I have a smaller version (about 2-1/2 ft tall) with fiber optic needles that change color. I leave it up all year, and just change the decorations to suit the season. Much grumbling, but revenge is sweet!

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  7. We didn't have the color wheel... :-(

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  8. We always had a real one,but I wanted to comment on the door casings and the general woodwork in the house. I absolutely love it! You know it took a lot of work.

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  9. Thanks Everett - we got the whole place replumbed and rewired and all the wood restored. Everything was DIY. Next is gutting the kitchen (still all antiques in it, but new floor and cabinets and the walls need some serious work), then front and back porch rebuild, finally wallpaper in the bedroom and bath, then the bath, then the sunroom. We figure it all as a 10 year project but we love the place and there's no big mortgage, even better.

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  10. Wow! That is a sixties flashback! I remember a neighbor had that exact set-up. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world! This made me smile as I remembered, so thank you.

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  11. M.K. Clinton - Thanks for stopping! I ordered your book "The Returns" for my daughter, but I have a feeling I'm going to want to read it first :-)

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