Friday, December 15, 2006

Black Christmas trees the new chic color

'Tis the season to be edgy...uh, jolly

In an article for the MCT News Service Michael E. Young writes that black is the new "in" color for Christmas trees. Black clothes are all you see in NYC, this is just a continuation of the noir look so this should be a big seller too.

The Brits were a step ahead on this one and it was a hot seller in 2005 across the pond.
Here's a link.

Black trees for 2006 are sold out so I guess the edgy designer tree is becoming hot here too. Goth trees, nah, I'll pass.


Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Somehow, that one in the UK link looks less goth and more Martha Stewart. I thought I'd hate them, but they're not quite as bad as I'd expected. Still, it's that "not in my house" kind of admiration, if you know what I mean!

8:30 PM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

This is fascinating, Ki. If you think of a Christmas tree as a sort of temporary art installation rather than a holiday tradition, the black tree does look pretty cool. We've grown up watching beloved old b/w Christmas movies, seeing the shape of a Christmas tree without the colors. I suspect that this look has undertones of nostalgia lurking beneath the surface edginess.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

8:30 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kim and Annie,
Your observations and insights have made me think differently about a black tree as a design element. But Christmas is so tied up with the smell and colors of the traditional tree that it's difficult to replace the nostalgia with the avant garde. The smell of the balsam tree and even the ornaments had a kind of special scent or at least it seemed to. The bubble lights that took awhile to heat up and start bubbling - we knew that the red one was always the first and the purple the last with the white having just tiny trailing bubbles...too caught up in memories of the past and difficult to put away. Anyway, Annie, you may be right about being subliminally influenced by b&w movies. That's quite an astute observation - one that would have never occured to me.
Maybe having two trees one traditonal and one cutting edge is the solution. After all my brother-in-law's wife has 7 trees of different sizes. Why 7? For different size presents of course!

6:26 PM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Interesting, Annie. I wasn't thinking so much of b&w movies as I was the old black-painted furniture in old but well-kept houses like Martha's. But I can see what you mean!

Ki, this is my second year for a tree (balsam firs, too) and I agree with you about the scent being an important part of it. I don't know about your sister-in-law's SEVEN different sizes of trees, though... yikes!

4:44 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

The only problem with the balsam firs is that they don't keep very well especially when you want to put up the tree the first day after Thanksgiving! This year we bought a Frasier fir not much scent but nary a needle drop. I just enjoyed the balsam scent at the tree sellers. Yeah, seven trees are a bit excessive but they have a big family and love giving and getting presents.

4:08 AM  

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