Christmas Day 1960

My, how dated this looks!

I remember that Grandpa and Grandma had colored Christmas tree lights featuring long thin tubes of bubbling liquid, but those went into storage or maybe away altogether when they switched from a real tree to this then glaringly novel alternative. Yes, the aluminum Christmas tree — the one that presented a mortal hazard if one of those strands of lights sprung a short.

This tree was instead illuminated by the revolving filter and floodlight in the foreground.

We thought it was so hip, and since this was our grandparents’, a bit disconcerting, too. I am surprised by how small the tree is. I remember it as much larger …



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