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The Aluminum Christmas tree. Love it or hate it? Now with Color Wheels!!!
Tikiwahine
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: Ontario, Canada
Posted: 2005-10-20 2:36 pm   Permalink

Totally ironic Dawn, good call.

I saw that and think I can make one myself at home. Go to Michaels, get branch, a couple pieces of wood, and find an ornament in your basement. Big hairy deal.

Charlie Brown trees have a special place in my heart.

My family always had the sparse trees at Christmas. So much so that friends ALWAYS bugged me about it. The three branch tree. 'Shani and her three branch tree.'

Well, it always embarrassed me, even though I was usually in charge of picking it at the lot. We seemed to prefer the less pruned, more natural variety. You know, so you can lie underneath and look up through the branches at all the pretty ornaments and lights. You haven't experienced Christmas until you've done that. At least I haven't.

Now that I have my own home I get to pick out a 7'-9' jobbie, and still get teased a little sometimes.

'Well, I see Shani's progressed to a total of five branches this year! Congratulations!'

Bah.


 
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JonPez
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Joined: Jul 01, 2003
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From: Orlando, FL
Posted: 2005-10-20 9:21 pm   Permalink

Can I just say, I love my aluminum tree!
Was found in my Grandmother's attic after her passing and it has been used every year since. Looks great covered in PEZ, was used one year sticking out of the mouth of a big, striped snake (a'la Nightmare Before Christmas' tree eating present).

Just waiting on getting one of those rotating colored lights for the aluminum tree on sale. Dang, those things are expensive!

We usually have the vintage tree up and in another room a more "normal" tree. We just make sure they can't see each other and get jealous...
Most of the time we procrastinate so long in buying a tree that we buy the scraggliest tree we can find, just so it has a purpose in life. It's sad to see un-bought trees dumped in a dumpster the day after Christmas.

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Tikiwahine
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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
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From: Ontario, Canada
Posted: 2005-10-21 12:06 pm   Permalink

John, you just reminded me of something.

About 6 years ago I went to visit a friend of mine. She and her brother were sharing a place at the time and they'd brought a tree home a couple of weeks before Christmas.

This was quite a pathetic one. It was very full, but was missing about three quarters of it's needles. They'd found it behind a grocery store beside a dumpster, and decided to resurrect it in their living room. There were needles everywhere, and we couldn't help but laugh when attempting to decorate the thing. At least it found a home in time for Christmas.

I love your snake-eating tree idea, I'd love to see a picture of that!

-Tw


 
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Suffering Bastard of Stumptown
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Posted: 2005-10-21 12:10 pm   Permalink

>>>Just waiting on getting one of those rotating colored lights for the aluminum tree on sale. Dang, those things are expensive!<<<

I just found a vintage one for $2 at a yard sale. It is missing one color panel, but that just gives you a well lit tree for 25% of the time. It has the original box too.

However, we paid $100 for our aluminum tree and the box has a sticker on it that says "$1 Goodwill Stores".

I'm hoping to get a collection of them.

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Suffering Bastard of Stumptown
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Posted: 2005-12-11 3:17 pm   Permalink

It's time to bump this thread!

We have our tree up, so you can go to
http://www.geocities.com/strathkinnessjb/retroxmas.htm to see it in all its glory. Thank you, Dogbytes, for the disk for the color wheel!

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WenikiTiki
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2005-12-12 08:22 am   Permalink

What I want is a fiber optic tree combined with an aluminum tree. Any of you great shoppers seen that done?
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Suffering Bastard of Stumptown
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Posted: 2005-12-12 11:36 am   Permalink

Electricity and aluminum do not mix well.



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Tiki-Kate
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From: Yucaipa, CA
Posted: 2005-12-12 8:27 pm   Permalink

I didn't know how to light mine, so I just put a martini lamp under it...


and then put a few tikis on it.





 
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TikiJosh
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Posted: 2005-12-13 11:18 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-12-12 08:22, WenikiTiki wrote:
What I want is a fiber optic tree combined with an aluminum tree. Any of you great shoppers seen that done?



If it's what you're thinking about, I've got one... Here's one with the fiber optics lit...

The only problem is, the base gets pretty hot so you can't use a tree skirt. Well, I really like the tree skirt I've got, so I usually just put some little lights on the tree, I've got them strung in a piece of garland....

I got the tree at Stat's Floral Supply in Los Alamitos a few years ago. I haven't seen them since. I think it was on sale or clearance....

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eel
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From: Save the eel....Laney
Posted: 2005-12-13 11:30 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-11-28 04:20, laney wrote:

I also have a few color wheels. But, I like the new one better than my vintage ones. It is more quiet and probably safer. I got mine from my Mom but she said she got it from one of those tacky catalogs.
Found it! Here you go, from Harriet Carter
http://www.harrietcarter.com/Detail.cfm?prod=1074&UDC=Y&CFID=1361317&CFTOKEN=37143516



OK I quoted myself...but again stop looking for vintage color wheels and get a new one. They are much quieter, safer, and produce the same effect! Trust me I have both.
Not sure if that old link still works but I know they still carry them at Harriet Carter.

Oh and Target used to carry fiberoptic silver trees. I bought a few on sale 2 years ago. They are small tabletop ones but look really cool! Gave a few away as gifts and kept a couple. They also had these table top aluminum like trees in tubes. I got a bunch of those on sale too...very vintage looking but I don't think they sold too well....more for me!

Happy decorating! Laney/eel


 
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Suffering Bastard of Stumptown
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Posted: 2005-12-13 12:37 pm   Permalink

just to be clear, there is a difference between aluminum trees and shiny silvery trees. Aluminum are made with, well, aluminum. Most of the modern ones are made out of some polymer - and those are indeed safe with lights and fiber optics. But you don't want to put lights on a real aluminum tree.

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Unkle John
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From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2005-12-14 12:44 pm   Permalink

Laney is right. We got our color wheel from Harriet Carter (there must be another Aluminum tree discussion, I thought I posted about that before). Anyways the other tree that is out there is a tinsel tree. I like them but not as much as I like the aluminum ones. But it sure does beat my beer can tree I had when I was baching it.
We also have a white tree in the den. I think we have 5 trees with, i'm sure, more to come. Here is our little tinsel tree with tiki ornaments and our aluminum one (they look 100% better at night):





BTW Wal-mart has a metal drink shaker and metal cocktail glass ornaments for about $2 each. I mention that b/c the tiki tree has them, you just can't see them in the pic.
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Tipsy McStagger
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Posted: 2005-12-14 7:45 pm   Permalink

..my grandparents had an awesome one...about 8 ft tall, gold, and it came with the four piece mirror platform rotating base that played music!! plus, 2 giant orb floor floodlights with gold bulbs....it was too cool. We enjoyed it all through our childhood, then, when I moved to the city, I "inherited" it, since no one else in my family wanted anything to do with such a "tacky" thing. I decked it out one year with a pink lawn flamingo that lit up on top in lew of a star, and flamingo string lites strung around it...on the base I placed my collection of 50's style large diecast car replicas....it was like a 1957 auto showroom!! lot's of fun and good memories.....after how many years it was starting to show it's age...so i traded it to a local antique dealer for an awesome witco piece that hung in my old tiki room......

 
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WenikiTiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2005
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2005-12-15 06:02 am   Permalink

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I got the tree at Stat's Floral Supply in Los Alamitos a few years ago. I haven't seen them since. I think it was on sale or clearance....
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If something isn't on sale or clearance it isn't worth buying!

And for the record fiber optics trees are done with fishing line... which I'm pretty sure doesn't transmit electricity! Just pretty lights!
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tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
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Posted: 2005-12-17 3:08 pm   Permalink

Love those aluminum trees! They go great with our midcentury modern home.
Here is one of ours.




They also go great with tiki!


 
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