First highlighted in the New York Times , Bonnie Mackay s annual Christmas tree showcases a lifetime collecting almost 3,000 ornaments. Read more...
First highlighted in the New York Times, Bonnie Mackay s annual Christmas tree showcases a lifetime collecting almost 3,000 ornaments.
Now, through beautiful photography and illuminating vignettes, Tree of Treasures shares the heartfelt stories behind a hundred of those cherished possessions, whether it s the story of a family member, like Mackay s grandfather, a well-known vaudeville performer; long-held relationships with friends and colleagues in the international community of Christmas crafts makers; a memory of a beloved pet; and much more.
From serene lace angels and vintage Santas, to exquisite glass-blown spheres and small silk purses, Tree of Treasures showcases ornaments both beautiful and well-loved, illuminating how ornaments, as we unpack and hang them each holiday season, tell the story of our lives."
- ISBN-13: 9780143107842
- ISBN-10: 0143107844
- Publisher: Penguin Books
- Publish Date: September 2016
- Page Count: 224
- Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-12-19
- Reviewer: Staff
Mackay, a consultant in retail design and merchandising who has supervised the creation of Christmas ornaments for Bloomingdales and the Museum of Modern Art, showcases her personal collection of Christmas tree ornaments in this illustrated book of Christmas cheer. Her 3,000 ornaments fall into myriad classes, including Rabbits Rule, nativity, Scandinavia, and Scotland. Between a brief introduction to her ornamented life and suggestions for others to improve theirs, Mackay pairs photos by Eisenhardt, her film editor husband, with her vignettes about selected baubles. These memories range from family to business, with anecdotes about the givers or breakages. She includes materials and measurements for each ornament. Unfortunately, Mackay crosses the line from childlike to childish, producing treacly personifications of the ornaments; she includes details insignificant to anyone outside her circle. Mackays underlying message is her strongest: that people who delight in their trees ornaments should write their own memory books. Color photos. (Sept.)