As a child of the 60′s (yes, I’m getting old, don’t remind me), one of my fondest memories was going to pick out our Christmas tree from the Christmas tree lot, bringing it home, stringing the lights, and getting out the collection of ornaments my mom had so lovingly put together for our family. Along with the big fat colored lights that we clipped on the trees, those pretty and colorful glass ornaments that many of us grew up with were the crowning jewels to our tree.
Do you remember them too?
Back then, there were no designer trees. No special colors and trendy trees. Most everyone did those big fat colored lights and all the ornaments were colorful too. We never had just red and green on our trees. It was an explosion of fun colors. That’s what I remember the most. Those ornaments were so pretty and magical to my little bitty self and I can remember sitting under the tree, with the lights all lit up, looking at the ornaments and dreaming of Christmas. Don’t forget those shiny silver icicles too. That was the finishing touch on those trees of childhood.
My mom passed on these beautiful ornaments to me a couple of years ago and that made me really happy. The oldest box was from a store called Christo’s and the price tag was 59 cents. Oh my, can you imagine? They just don’t make them like this anymore. Well, maybe they do, but for a huge price tag, perhaps?
There is nothing like a colorful and shiny Christmas tree and looking back on those childhood real trees I grew up with, I can still smell the scent of pine wafting through the house and watching those lights come on every night as our family eagerly awaited Christmas morning. It was a magical and sweet time.
Now that I have my family’s shiny brite ornaments, I want to protect them and care for them and then one day, my niece, Lauren, will get this collection from our family to keep and protect too. I don’t hang them on the tree anymore, they are too fragile and I don’t want to take a chance on losing one of them. So, for now, they get piled in a bowl or cloche, where their vintage glowing balls can be appreciated and savored with the season.
Vintage Shiny Brites, such a beautiful memory of my childhood and I suspect, yours too? May that magical time be forever alive in all of us as we embrace the past and look towards the future as well.
The most wonderful time of the year is almost here again. May your Christmas be merry and bright!