This year I decided not to put up our big tree and just use a small tree on a table. Unfortunately, we never have visitors and I live on a dead end road where only about 6 neighbors will ever see my tree in the window. My daughter has her own place and therefore, its just me and Nick left to enjoy the lights. This does sadden me. I miss Christmas with a child in the house. A lot of joy leaves when they leave.
We first purchased a small white 4 ft. tree to use. We got it at a 2nd hand store for nearly nothing. As I sat sorta saddened about such a small tree, I was determined to make it look 6 ft. tall from the window. That's when my husband said "Well, I do have an old 6.5 ft. aluminum tree in the attic Dad gave us a few years ago. I can bring it out and we can take a look at it". Woohooo! I was so excited. I can make it work! Whites and silvers were the look I was going for this year anyway. Each branch was delicately wrapped to keep it in mint condition as we carefully put the tree together. It took us like 3 minutes. ha.
Anyone older than 50 may have just had one of these in there home at one time or another. This was the tree used when my husband was a child. I'm sure it brought back some memories. My grandmother used one but I'm to young to remember [smile].
You cannot put lights on these trees for they are made of aluminum which is a fire hazard to electricity and the branches are as fragile as aluminum foil so you have to add light weight ornaments to them. That's why they had "color wheels" to use to illuminate the trees.
Unfortunately, we didn't have that part, but no worries. Nick found a light that changes colors and applied it above the tree to give it the same effect as the color wheel would do. I added a few plastic dollar store balls. Its now PERFECT as the tree changes colors for a fantastic light show of sevral color changes. I tried to add a video of the effects but I just couldn't get it to work for me.