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Tabletop Trees: Polish Tree

Martha Stewart Living, December 2001

In Poland, where the Christmas season is seen as a time of renewal, ornaments are fashioned from straw to symbolize thanksgiving for the harvest and hope for good things in the coming year. Eggs represent the promise of future prosperity, too.

Martha and her niece Kristina wrap presents and trim the small spruce. Along with green glass balls, the ornaments they use include eggshells in shimmering gold tones and wheat decorations that have been given a burnished glow using metallic powders in a range of hues, from light copper to a deep verdigris. The choice of ornaments is intended as a tribute to Martha's Polish heritage, and their colors were chosen to accentuate the room's decorative details -- from the gold-trimmed drabware plates to the gilded Federal-style mirror.

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Comments (4)

  • eangrason 23 Dec, 2014

    Can you please tell me where I can buy Martha Stewart's Mountain Berry 4.5 pre-lit Christmas Tree? I've had mine for ten years and is showing wear, I love it so much and would love to buy another one. Please help!

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  • KGH 24 Jan, 2010

    Can anyone please tell me where I can purchase green-mint and aqua leaf for gilding (as in Decorating for the Holidays - page 100)? I live in New Zealand; so I would have to purchase over the internet. I would appreciate any help available?
    Thanks and kind regards.

  • doris86 5 Nov, 2008

    Hello from Poland! I've never heard about eggs on Christmas tree here in Poland, as promise of prosperity we add nuts and apples,