I lived through the era of the aluminum Christmas trees that looked nothing like Christmas trees. We even had a color wheel that you would shine on the aluminum tree making it look even less like a Christmas tree as it changed to every color in the rainbow. My mother loved this tree, however. After it was set up in front of the picture window, she would make us all stand on the sidewalk and look at it. It still didn’t look like a Christmas tree to me.
Finally, after what seemed like a lifetime, we ditched the aluminum tree for a real tree. It not only looked like a Christmas tree, it smelled like one, too!