christmas tree countdown ~ the “glass” tree

My favorite tree in the house is the one we call the Glass Tree. It is a seven and a half foot tree, sitting on a two foot tall box. It is decorated with glass ornaments. Spun glass, blown glass, crystal, prisms, glass icicles, and glass bead chains from old chandeliers. Most of the ornaments are clear glass, but there are a few softly colored ornaments, as well, such as the pink flamingo, the green garden bench, and the pink flying pig.

Glass Christmas tree

I made a video of the tree a few months ago while the grands were enjoying it. It does it more justice than pictures do, but it is still much more beautiful in person. The video can be expanded to “full screen” for a closer look at the ornaments.

The topper is made of bows attached to skewers and stuck into the top of the tree. More of the same ribbon falls down the tree and is tucked into the branches here and there.

decorating the "glass tree"

the "glass" tree

This picture shows an ornament made of three Christmas trees. To the left is a vintage glass ornament of a bird. A friend brought that to me after she found it and a glass bird bath ornament in her mother-in-law’s garage sale items. Love both those ornaments! Thanks, Sherry! In the lower left corner of the picture, you can make out my lovely mermaid.

Glass Christmas tree

Three birds…

bird times three

My first glass ornament was a hand blown hummingbird from a vacation to Colorado in 1982. After I found that, I began seeing glass ornaments in other places we visited. The collection grew over time.


This rocking horse is one of my favorites. In the baby / childhood theme, I also have a pacifer, baby shoes, and a carriage.

decorating the "glass tree"

baby carriage

A dragon…


When pigs fly…

when pigs fly

A lovely lizard…


Noah’s Ark with a porpoise swimming by…

Noah's Ark

Candlestick and crystal…

decorating the "glass tree"

Joy…and more than 250 prisms decorate the tree.

Glass Christmas tree

A birdbath…

bird bath

Some of the ornaments have gold on them, and I do like those, but I prefer clear spun glass.

Christmas Open House

Reindeer are a recurring theme.

glass reindeer

And here’s one I found on Etsy. I thought it was hilarious! I don’t know if the Santa came with Dino or if someone glued him on some time in the past. He’s an exception to my “It has to be ALL glass” rule, but I love him! Youngest Daughter loves him, too, and has already claimed dibs on him.

found it on

I wish you could see the tree in person. It is too pretty for pictures.



  1. Genny
    Posted December 27, 2014 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Good job with the photos. It’s such a sparkly tree with the glass catching the light. It’s hard to capture.

  2. grandma lise
    Posted December 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    This is my second or third Christmas visiting your site. Thank you for posting more pictures of your beautiful trees, decorations, and food tables, particularly the close ups. Not as good as viewing in person of course, but the close ups provide the detail I’m most interested in. And I love, love your Putz houses, shadow box and decoupaged ornaments!

    I’m a long time Hallmark ornament collector. They’ve been producing ornaments since 1973.

    I have a lot of fun adding to my collection by back collecting ornaments from thrift stores and Ebay.

    Each year, I try to build a new theme tree. Below are slideshows of two of my favorite trees, though I live in a small house so can only put up one theme tree and table top at a time!

    Christmas Eve…

    I’m in the process of building a clear glass and crystal theme tree. I love yours so much! For now, this theme tree comes closest to yours.

    Wonder and Light…

    Visiting your site throughout the holiday season has become a tradition. Thank you. Keep the posts and pictures coming!


  3. Posted December 29, 2014 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Lisa, thanks so much for your comment. Sometimes I wonder if anyone’s reading along, so it’s always nice to find out someone is! Thank you, too, for sharing links to your trees. I so enjoyed seeing the pictures! The Christmas Eve one is so cute. I especially love the elf working on the lights. 😀 I could use a light elf for real sometimes. And the Wonder and Light tree is beautiful! I love the ballerina in the snowflake tutu.

    I am always glad to hear what readers like about the blog, so I was happy to read your comment about liking the detail pictures. I will try to do more of those. Thanks again for your comment. You made my day. 🙂 ~~Rhonda

  4. Emily
    Posted December 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! I just love this tree. I really enjoyed the video too.

  5. Lorri
    Posted September 9, 2015 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    So beautiful!

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