It’s that time of the year and I put up my Christmas tree tonight. It’s not a ‘real’ one… rather, it’s made of plastic and optical glass fibres.
The way these work is really cool. All the optical fibres terminate in the base, where a lamp shines down their length. A semi-transparent disk, tinted various colours, rotates in front of the fibre-ends and thus colours the light that appears at the other end of the fibres. This gives a shimmery sparkling Christmas lights effect all over the tree. Looks stunning.
Although I do like a real tree (as in one that has been cut out of a plantation), for me it’s all a bit too much fuss and bother. My fake tree is half-size (good for my little unit), doesn’t drop pine needles, doesn’t need watering, and I can decide at the last minute whether or not I’m going to put it up. (Some years I don’t bother if I’m stupidly busy.)
My favourite decorations are the angels and stars. I have these in all shapes and sizes. Here are some pictures…
If you have a Christmas tree, what are your favourite decorations? Do you prefer the sensory experience of a real tree, or the no-fuss option of a fake one?
6 thoughts on “Fake plastic trees of colour and light”
As I’m sitting here, the smell of pine is pretty dominant. We got a real tree again, and while watering and sweeping up the needles can be a hassle, I do love the smell. Every year I buy at least a few new ornaments. This year it’s peacocks. The husband looked at them and said, “I’m afraid those won’t last.”
“Because they’re glass, and the cats will break them.”
“Dear, 3/4 of the ornaments on the tree are glass. Did you not notice?”
Yeah you can’t beat the smell of a real pine tree. I have heaps of glass ornaments too, but my cat seems not too interested. I’m more worried about when/if my nephews (2&4) come to visit!
Your tree sounds way cool and looks so pretty. I have a fake one, too, though I wish I could have a real one. If I didn’t have cats that liked to climb up the trunk and knock it over, that is. They also enjoy swiping the ornaments off so the bottom 1/4 of the tree is usually bare.
Sounds like I’m lucky my cat doesn’t climb the tree! Maybe she’s just too fat and lazy…
When I was growing up I used to spend all the Christmas School hols up at Port Stephens on the beach – my grandparents would go out in the bush and cut a casurina and I have wonderful memories of decorating those trees. When my grandmother was finally living in a little unit towards the end of her life she bought a cheap tiny plastic one from Coles. I still have and use that tree along with the decorations she put on it (plus some new ones) – some of her decorations are at least 50 years old 🙂 Lovely memories, thank you.
That’s a lovely story – thank you so much for sharing, Margaret. Christmas decorations can certainly have a history and tell a story, can’t they.