Charles Phoenix’s Slide of the Week: Pickle Christmas Tree, 1965

pickle christmas tree
Pickle Christmas Tree, 1965

This week’s slide isn’t about the murky modern art on the wall, the way under-decorated flocked tree, the pale senior citizens or even the fancy French poodle. No. This slide is ALL about the tinfoil Christmas tree with the edible decorations! This is cooking and crafts coming together in a miracle of harmony. Grandma turns her head in disbelief, grandpa chuckles at it and the poodle stares at it. It is the PICKLE CHRISTMAS TREE, SOMEWHERE USA, 1965. That ring of sweet pickles on the top is almost like a halo. Feel the spirit!

Trying to figure out what to bring to all those smart Holiday parties you’re invited to this ever-so-festive holiday season? Searching for a way to WOW the guests when they see what’s waiting for them at your party? Wonder no more. This is it. It’s SO easy to make. And you can do it, I know you can!

Simply order the Styrofoam cone online. Cover all but the center bottom of the cone with tinfoil – a cousin of not only tinsel but the aluminum Christmas tree too! With peanut butter “glue” the cone down to a 12” vintage plate. Decorate the tree with pearl onions, sweet pickles, black olives, pimento stuffed olives, pummeled carrots and cooked Oscar Meyer cocktail weenies pricked with those wonderful multi-colored toothpicks. Fill the plate to the brim with Bob’s Big Boy blue cheese dressing and just wait for your head to swell from all the compliments you’re going to get!

Some of you may remember the ASTRO WEENIE BALL slide of the week from last Fourth of July. This is what inspired it. The photographer may have called it “The Pickle Christmas Tree” but it’s much more fun to call it the ASTRO WEENIE CHRISTMAS TREE!

Here’s to you and your AWCT!
Charles Phoenix

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Get in the mood for the holidays like you never have before!

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