Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree!

There has been a lot of press lately on the extravagance of the Christmas tree erected in the lobby of the Emirates Palace Hotel in Dubai. Valued at just over 11 million dollars it is being touted as the “most expensive Christmas tree ever”.

The 13-metre (40-foot) faux evergreen, located in the gold leaf-bedecked rotunda of the hotel, is decorated with silver and gold bows, ball-shaped ornaments and small white lights. However it is the necklaces, earrings and other jewellery draped around the tree's branches are what give it a record value.

However our Christmas trees do not have to be such extravagant affairs to have a bit of savoir faire. I like the ones below, which are a bit cheaper, being vintage ads. Hung collectively in the shape of a Christmas tree on a wall would be a great idea! (and cheaper).


  1. While reading about the Dubai Christmas Tree, the first thought that pops into my head..."Do they have a problem with theft?"

    Love the vintage ads, great inspiration for some last minute Christmas Card's I'm working on.

    Merry Christmas

  2. The pencil sharpener totally won me over...great idea and great picture!


  3. I adore all the vintage ads! Wonderful...I was thinking the same thing as The Fashionable Traveler regarding the Dubai tree. I would think they would have armed guards all around?? I can't imagine!


  4. I think the tree looks fabulous!

    Thanks for all your support of Bright.Bazaar this year, David.

    Happy Holidays! x

  5. My christmas tree is the opposite of spectacular. Plastic. About 2 foot. Some chocolate balls and wooden stars on it. But I love this simplicity and enjoy my parent's tree. They have a bigger one. Real, not plastic. Not THAT big but...enough :-)))

  6. Another vote for the pencil sharpener tree - a delightful idea.

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    Hello !

    It really was a pleasure to discover all this Vogue Pics !
    Thank You !

    Have a Magical Christmas !

    ( french fashion designer )

  8. Catherine and HH, that was the first thing that came to my mind, theft! 24 hour guards I should think!

    Il duce, Mark and Andy, it is rather cool isn't it. Don't attempt this at home!

    Will, it is always a pleasure to read your wondeful blog. Snowed in???

    Joe, possitively charming. Back in Australia, we always had the saddest looking trees, and I liked those the best!

    Jean Pierre, many thanks for your visit. I love your blog! Merry Christmas


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