According to my family, I have something of a little Christmas… “problem.” Of course, I did take a week off from work over Thanksgiving to decorate the house. And, I usually erect five (sometimes more) themed trees throughout the house. Plus, I do own well over 4,000 ornaments (at last count). But, problem? Never!
My themed trees run the gamut. So far, this year there is a white, gold, silver and crystal tree inspired by legendary Longwood Gardens, an equestrian themed tree in the equestrian-inspired dining room, and a “surprise tree” covered in well-loved, vintage Shiny Brite ornaments and a hundred or so vintage chandelier crystals for my daughter’s bedroom (to greet her when she comes home from college). Of course, we also have a family tree covered in every sentimental ornament from my childhood, the children’s school arts and crafts, gifts, and ornaments gathered on vacations. And, I am not done yet…
But, the tree that is the real showstopper is the 7 1/2′ Douglas fir in the living room which boasts hundreds of three-dimensional “mercury glass” ornaments (see below). I have a real weakness for these charming pieces and usually receive several as gifts from family and friends each season. Ice cream cones, slices of cake, and ribbon candy jostle fat Santas riding on snowmobiles or flying airplanes. Penguins, polar bears and puppies coexist peacefully. And, bears wearing tutus, hot air balloons, and an army of snowmen all dangle merrily from its branches. The more whimsical, the better!
One of my favorite sources for high-quality ornaments is the Christopher Radko Company. After a quarter century, the Christopher Radko Company has produced more than fifteen million fine European glass ornaments and grown to encompass several additional lines of holiday décor. In addition to traditional Christopher Radko ornaments, these include Home for the Holidays, a beautiful collection of decorative holiday tabletop items and trim and Shiny-Brite™, a vintage-inspired line featuring recreations of uniquely American ornaments first made popular in the 1940s and 50s.
Above are a few of my favorite Christopher Radko ornaments to get you in the mood for your holiday decorating. These are from the 2017 collection, and some are very pricey, but vintage buys can be found (My top source is eBay).
May your days be merry and bright!
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