In his search for the "true meaning of Christmas," Charlie Brown denounced the then popular aluminum Christmas tree during his 1965 holiday television special. His sentiments resonated with America so loudly he actually ended an almost decade-long trend in bright, shiny trees. Well I hate to break it you, but...sorry, Charlie - metallics are back, and I not-so-secretly love them.
Every year, my Grandmother set up a few Christmas trees in her home. Though the main attraction was the classically decorated Blue Spruce, my favorite was always her white, metallic six-footer, decorated only in red ornaments. I love the idea of an extra tree on a tabletop or in a secondary room that you can go crazy on and decorate however your creative heart desires. Having first come into fashion around 1959, the metallic tree experienced a slump for several decades. But with more and more retailers offering aluminum and metallic trees at reasonable prices, the words from the 1963 Sears Christmas Book seem more enticing than ever:
"Whether you decorate with blue or red balls . . . or use the tree without ornaments - this exquisite tree is sure to be the talk of your neighborhood. High luster aluminum gives a dazzling brilliance. Shimmering silvery branches are swirled and tapered to a handsome realistic fullness. It's really durable . . needles are glued and mechanically locked on. Fireproof . . you can use it year after year."
1. Metallic Christmas Tree Roundup
2. Kurt S. Adler 4-Foot Pink Shaggy Tree, $52.15 at Amazon.com
3. Aluminum Slim Christmas Tree, starting at $344.99 at ChristmasTreesGalore.com
4. Blue Paradise Tinsel Slim Pre-lit Christmas Tree, $189 at ChristmasTreesGalore.com
5. Prelit Pencil Tree, $79.99-$299.00 at Target.com
6. 3' Metallic Tree available in Green, $34 at Urban Outfitters
7. 3' Metallic Tree available in Assorted Colors, $34 at Urban Outfitters
8. Black Pre-Lit 3.5' Pomona Pine Artificial Christmas Tree, $18 at Walmart.com