12 Days of (Vintage) Christmas, Day 3 – The Ceramic Christmas Tree

If you grew up in the 70s and 80s (and maybe a little outside of those decades), then you are most likely familiar with the lighted ceramic Christmas tree seen here:


Not all of my families had (or used, if they had) one, but I can remember my Aunt Sarah bringing hers down every year from Memphis to my Papaw Miller’s place in Water Valley, MS. Hers was similar to the one pictured above, but not exactly like that. As the years passed, I never gave them much thought. But once I started seeing them online in some of the vintage groups I belong to, I wondered whatever happened to Aunt Sarah’s ceramic Christmas tree? She probably still has it unless it got broken. And of course, they immediately went on my thrift wish list (which will be carried over into the 2018 Thrift List*).

So a lot of us have seen the green ones. But did you know that they also came in a variety of other colors and styles? I had no idea. Here are just a few:

Edited: not all of the pins are showing up. But if you want to see all of the vintage holiday stuff I’ve pinned so far (including pins of ceramic trees not showing up here), then just click on my Christmas/Yule board.)






I think my favorite of all the ones I’ve come across online, though, is this super-dramatic pink and black one, which would fit well with either of my favorite styles (Mid Century Modern and Art Deco):


Do you own one (or more) of these beauties? Aren’t they just the epitome of vintage holiday kitsch?

*Coming Soon

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