Dec 18, 2008

PSF -1970's Ceramic Tree

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek


If you grew up in the 1970's then there is a good chance that your mom spent an afternoon or two painting one of these ceramic Christmas trees at the local rec center.

Our ceramic tree (that plays silent night) was painted by my mother in law back in 1977.  It is a treasured relic from my husbands childhood.

I'll be the first to admit that when I first saw this tree many moons ago I sort of questioned why my husband would want to put it out.  

Then I looked around at my collection of homemade Christmas decorations from my Grandma and I instantly understood.

A Christmas does not go by without our ceramic tree and I wouldn't have it any other way.

49 comments:

WheresMyAngels said...

How cool! I love the old stuff that brings back the memories.

I always hate it that I had to leave my ex without notice (restraining order) and I didn't get the ornaments out of the home, that I had as a child :(

I miss the memories they bring.

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

That's a great pic - my grandmother has one of those that goes out every year!!

Monkey's Momma said...

Oh my gosh! I had forgotten about that! My mom had one! Thanks for the memory.

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Both my mother-in-law and my grandmother have these trees set out. Gifts to them, they became standard decor at Christmas. I agree, when I first saw it I said, "ummmm . . . hmmmmm," but now I find them darling with that vintage touch. : D

Chris said...

BOTH of my grandmothers had the ceramic trees.
I wonder what ever happened to them?
Great photo by the way. I like the perspective.

MomOf3 said...

Part of the fun of decoration for Christmas is remembering years past. Every decoration has its own story! :)

MomOf3 said...

Oops! I meant decorating. Typing too fast.... :)

Jaysi said...

Hmmmmm...we don't have one of those, but now I kinda want one!

scrappysue said...

awesome. ceramics get such a bad rap!

latree said...

some oldie things are good to keep...

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

we have a ceramic frog!! love this!

RhondaLue said...

my grandma had one of those out each year as well.

Michele said...

Sweet! I love old Christmas relics. I've been looking for those Charlie Brown Christmas lights. Those big, fat, heavy ones that we all put up on the house. Getting kinda sick of the icicle lights. Gotta love Retro!

Indrani said...

Wow! Nice old memories!
Happy Christmas!

Lorina said...

Perfect.. That's very sweet.

Miss Anne said...

oddly enough i too have a ceramic tree...

truth be told, i love the vintage stuff!

i found an obnoxious wooden tree with vintage jewelry all over it at the goodwill the other day...

4.95 well spent.

:)

embrace those special memories and vintage stuff!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

I hope you have a very merry Christmas, that Santa brings you everything you deserve and that it doesn’t take too long to work off the effects of Christmas dinner.

Thank you for being part of what has been a fascinating year for me.

Lorri said...

The tree my mom made me broke a couple of years ago. I miss it and am gald you have Jim's and that you carry on the tradition.

Mom24 said...

I haven't thought of those trees in years. Now, I miss ours so much. Treasure yours.

Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

Mandy said...

My friend used to have one of those trees. We would sit and stare at it for hours! Love it!

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K said...

I have one too. I love it. I always want to put in a stronger bulb than they recommend so that the lights will be brighter! :-)

Living dangerously...
k.

mine, by magpie said...

absolutely a treasured relic!!! my mom just moved in the summertime...i hope she didn't forget the ceramic tree!!

Jenners said...

Oh yeah...we TOTALLY had one of these! It is one of the few things that my mom still hasn't passed down to me. I hope my brothers didn't get it...I'm going to have to check on that. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

It isn't about the beauty - It is about the memory.

Have a great weekend!

rachael said...

i totally have one of those, but all of the lights are missing :(

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Oh I totally remember those!! My Grandma had like 5 of them. What a hoot, I haven't thought of them in ages!

Momma said...

Ooooo....my grandparents had one and my hubby's grandparents still have theirs!!!!

Lindsay said...

Oh thanks for the wonderful reminder of that tree! My mom made the SAME THING....now I need to go ask her where it is. Yeah...not the prettiest thing ever, but so 70's and scream "ceramics class!" LOL.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Memories! Wonderful Christmas memories all wrapped up in our decor!

Honey Mommy said...

Hah! I think my mom has one just like that! I'll have to ask her about it!

Lindsay said...

I unfortunately don't have any old stuff at my house, but I love to visit my parents and see the things from my childhood. They have these really awesome old Christmas light bulbs that long since burned out that I turned into ornaments as a child (thank you, rubber bands and paper clips!) and it's neat to think that they still have them after so many years.

hippos toes said...

That sure brought back memories! My mom had one when I was younger. She didn't paint it herself, but it was always on the coffee table come Christmas :)

angie said...

My grandma had a ceramic tree like that.......I wonder who got it when she died? I loved that tree! :)

Jen said...

I had one of these tree growing up. It was my favorite Christmas decoration. I usually persuaded my mom to let me have it in my room. I thought it was the most beautiful thing ever. I don't know why but it just made me happy. Thank for reminding me about it. I feel all warm inside, that could be the wine, no its the memory. ;)

tommie said...

That is so funny....my mom has that same tree! I hadn't thought about it in years.

Thanks for visiting my Photostory.

Momisodes said...

YES!!! My mom definitely made one of those! Oh how I miss that tree :) Thank you for sharing this and the trip down memory lane.

ella said...

Yes, yes, yes! We had one and I thought it was the most beautiful thing ever.

Anna Lefler said...

Oh, I love that! I have the turning Xmas tree light from my childhood - the one that rotates and shines four different colors on the tree. Very retro! (Wait, that means I'm retro. Sigh.)

Happy Holidays!

:^) Anna

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

Oh! My grandma puts one of these out for Christmas every year. Whenever I see one I think of Christmas dinners at her house when I was a kid.

Great PSF! Merry Christmas!

Mama Zen said...

This brought back some great memories!

CC said...

I grew up in the 70s but was spared this one!

Karen said...

I actually WANT one of those. I am sure I can find one in my dad's storage unit!

Straight to Your Hart said...

Those are the best decorations. I have a few of them and they always bring the spirit of Christmas into the air! Merry Christmas...

Jo-Jo said...

My mom still has hers!

Krystyn said...

I love the tree like that my mother has. I wonder if it plays music?!?!

Preston said...

What a wonderful memory. I grew up in the 70's and I sure do remember those trees! I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a super New Year!

Live.Love.Eat said...

Oh yes, I do remember those!!!! Gotta love the sentiments behind some of the things we keep!

Merry Christmas!

tommie said...

Had to come back and post that my mother in law has one of these too! It is up in the office by the kids' rooms! LOL Merry Christmas.

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