Kissmas Tree

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A table ornament twinkling with tasty tinsel

Bing Crosby plays an outsized role in setting the holiday mood in my house, from our annual screening of White Christmas to his albums revolving on the turntable as the fire crackles. But I never quite understood why Bing, crooning “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” asks that his presents be on the tree until I designed and constructed this festive little holiday piece. With presents of foil-wrapped chocolates trimming each bough, this decoration will make everybody want to be at your home for Christmas. And when it isn’t the season any longer, the tree folds flat for convenient storage until next December.

Construction is straightforward, as the piece is basically just hardwood sticks stacked on a central rod and cut to shape. The bottom two sticks act as a base when the branches are fanned out, keeping the tree straight and stable. Shallow counterbores cut with a Forstner bit keep the chocolates in place. The top of the tree is adorned with a decorative finial available online for a few dollars, although a carved angel or turned wooden ornament would make a suitable crown. This tree was made of guanacaste, but any hardwood will do—or try mixing various exotics for a multi-colored tree.

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