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A great, big, shiny aluminum Christmas tree

aluminum christmas tree

The aluminum Christmas tree came and went in a shiny, tinsely flash of 1960s style. They’d look right at home at Don Draper’s office Christmas party. They were introduced in 1958 and became popular until the mid-60s. Some blame their downfall on A Charlie Brown Christmas, which mocked them as a symbol of commercial excess.

But over the last several years, they’re back in all their retro beauty. Some vintage trees fetch north of $3,000 in online auctions, but some tree manufacturers are making them again. So let’s give a silvery salute to the Christmas tree that sparkles, and the Instagrammers who love to share them!

They look mod and minimal when decorated with a single color of ornament

 

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But multi color looks great too

 

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Or just let the spinning color wheel work its magic

 

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They go great with a silver dress and silver hair

 

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Speaking of hair…sure, why not?

 

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Who says you need a full size one?

 

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But if you want to go big…nothing wrong with that!

 

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They make a great backdrop for doing things like…um…this

 

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Or for being an adorable Christmas pupper

 

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Behold! The majesty of the aluminum Christmas tree

 

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The aluminum tree and the cardboard fireplace: a match made in retro heaven

 

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Shine on, you crazy diamond!

 

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