Review: Tree Of Treasure


Title: Tree of Treasures A Life in Ornaments

Author: Bonnie Mackay

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books (September 27, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0143107844
ISBN-13: 978-0143107842



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.


This book is filled with stories from the author about her love for Christmas and ornaments and the family and sentimental meanings of the ornaments. The photos in the book bring the words in the page to life. Thus is a truly enjoyable book. Due to reading this book, I have decided to photo some of my own ornaments and print out the photos with descriptions and information on the back for future generations. A great read. Great for a gift, just add an ornament and your set.


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