Tuesday, December 9, 2014

You're Probably Around My Age If...

...you ever had tree ornaments like these:

  
And these...


I remember them very well, particularly because of the way they shattered into a million razor-sharp pieces if they ever crashed to the floor. And that made them very dangerous, especially for bare feet.


My mother-in-law gave us a box full of these last Christmas when we visited her. We oohed and ahhed and thanked her with exaggerated enthusiasm, and then promptly stored them in the basement as soon as we got home. Because not one of them would survive a house with two cats in it if they ever came out into the open. And perhaps a paw or two would get sliced. OUCH! So they'll remain in storage for all eternity. Or as long as our furry girls rule the house.

Did you ever have these types of ornaments?

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  1. For all eternity? Though understandable with cats.

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  2. Our cat shows interest to the tree only for a few minutes, after this much excitements she needs a nap! She doesn't bother with the tree after... If I wanted to add few specials decorations, I would just wait for her to nap and inserted them far from the reach of her paws.

    I do remember those ornaments from Woolworth's, we had them, but with all the move we did while in the military, none survive :(

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    1. Our cats don't bother the Christmas decorations very much. But they're also unpredictable. As soon as we think we're safe, they may very well decide they'll take an interest in the tree again. Better safe than sorry.

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  3. There are still a few that go up on the tree at my parent's house. In that same dangerous vein there exists an ornament I made in Kindergarten. It was a Santa-head made by gluing red felt and cotton onto a lightbulb (!!) and painting on a face. I guess maybe because making an ornament out of a mercury thermometer might have seemed too hazardous for five-year olds?

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    1. !! Oh my... Yes, a mercury thermometer would have been worse :) Interesting some of the things we did as kids compared to what they're doing now!

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  4. I do remember those from childhood!

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  5. Oh yes, we had ALL of those ornaments when I was a kid! I still have a handful tucked away as sentimental keepsakes.

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    1. They were very popular back then. My parents got rid of all of them at some point, so I don't have any from my childhood. Not that I really mind. I'm a (heartless) minimalist and eventually everything goes!

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  6. Yay, they're fun, we've got the same from Mother-in-law too :) She even gave us some ornaments from the Soviet times and those which were used when my hubby was just a kid. Oh I adore them. I feel like I 'm decorating a tree with antiques. I'll probably post some of them later. And oh yeah, our cats always try to participate whenever we start decorating.

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    1. I'd love to see them, especially the ones from the Soviet times! Those will be so unique.

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  7. Oh yes, I DO remember those! In fact, I found a couple boxes of vintage glass ornaments like those at the thrift store last year. Aren't they fun!

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    1. They are definitely fun! And thrift stores are great places to search for them.

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  8. If you really want to display them, they are pretty piled in a tall glass vase or under a cloche. I don't think I'll offer mine to my DIL.

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  9. I use mine from my Mom every year (no cats, only dogs!). I love them and put them on special wire trees so the ornaments stand out by themselves. Many of mine were my Grandmother's and so are over 100 years old! So fun and special!

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    1. Over 100 years old! WOW. That is amazing. And wonderful.

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  10. Oh yeah - I sure remember those ornaments. Very pretty, but don't break 'em.

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  11. I still have these. We dipped them in mod podge and covered them with glitter. They look nicer that way, but I'm sure they would still shatter.

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    1. Sounds like fun! Maybe the extra coating would make them tougher.

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  12. Remember those baubles all too well. I'm sure I have a slither of glass in one of my feet to this day!

    Don't remember the second pic though. Doesn't mean much. I was probably picking glass out of my feet at the time :))

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    1. Hahaha! I've no doubt many people picked glass out of their feet at some point. They are pretty, but very fragile. We only use ornaments that don't break. The safety of our pets - and our feet - is more important.

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  13. Yes, I know these ornaments. Some people have them outside and there's more breakage there.

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    1. Wow, outside? I can't imagine these ornaments doing well in that cold!

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  14. I remember all of these! We put up our tree this weekend, and I decided to do a green and silver tree with my large Frosty Friends collection. I didn't have enough silver balls, so I went out on a hunt yesterday ~ no gorgeous glass balls anywhere ~ they're all plastic. But I scored though ~ bought an open box of 50 silver balls (as damaged goods) for 75% off their sale price: $3.24 cents, and all the balls were there when I counted them at home. Good thing they were so cheap because I'm supposed to be streamlining my collection. LOL! I'm not making much progress! Have a good one!

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    1. $3.24? !! That is a big score! And I had to laugh with your streamlining comment. If you need help with that, I'll come do it for you. I'm a (heartless) minimalist, and I have not trouble at all streamlining...and getting rid of things!

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  15. Sorry blogger comments acting up lol .
    Oh my goodness I remember all this to ! Love your header , Lovely post and photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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    1. Thanks, Country Gal! Just taking a trip down memory lane. It's always fun to do that.

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  16. I grew up with these as well. Everybody had these as they were the only ones available back then...unless you made your own.
    Smart to put those away Martha. People really WANT those nowadays because they are VINTAGE!! They increase in value every year.

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    1. We're definitely keeping them around, that's for sure. But at some point we may pass them onto another family member from my husband's side. We'll see.

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  17. now they usually make them unbreakable, at least the good ones

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    1. A great idea for people with pets and young children. Much safer!

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  18. You bet I did throughout my early years in Montreal my parents bought those and even when we moved our Chirstmas tree always had those and I'm not sure where there are now....but with 3 cats it's a big now, My God Martha they're the exact same....of course we were in Montreal then , oh what memories these bring, thank you x

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    1. They do bring back so many memories, don't they? I guess many households had the same ornaments!

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