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1964 – Celebrity Christmas Trees

A sampling of mid-century personalities and their Christmas Trees

How did mid-century celebrities decorate their Christmas trees? The December 1964 edition of Ladies Home Journal photographed the Christmas trees of 12 mid-century personalities and published them in an article titled Trees: Stars of Christmas. First up was Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. The popular film stars decorated their tree with homemade ornaments made by their children.

Trees: Stars of Christmas – Ladies Home Journal December 1964

Here are photos of the remaining well-known personalities from 1964.

Designer Lilly Pulitzer poses with her tree filled with butterflies and bows.

Wife of architect Edward Durrell Stone places icons from her world travels on her tree.

Actor Dick Van Dyke and family uses ornaments with a nativity theme for his tree

Minister Norman Vincent Peale uses birds, cornucopia, popcorn and candy canes on his Christmas tree.

Actress Helen Hayes decorates her tree with angels in memory of her late daughter.

Actor Maurice Evans trims his tree with shapes of the sea.

Composer Harvey Schmidt groups musical instruments around his undecorated tree.

Author Phyllis McGinley who writes about her career as a housewife uses small housewares on her tree.

Model Suzy Parker uses candy decorations on her tree.

Francis Cardinal Spellman uses nativity symbols on his tree.

Poet Ogden Nash uses symbols from his latest book The New Nutcracker Suite and Other Innocent Verses as the theme for his tree.

1 comment on “1964 – Celebrity Christmas Trees

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