Introducing TREE OF TREASURES!
First highlighted in The New York Times, Bonnie Mackay’s annual Christmas tree showcases a lifetime collecting almost 3,000 ornaments. Now, in time for the holidays, Bonnie’s collection is celebrated in a delightful new book from Penguin Random House.
Featuring beautiful photography by documentary film editor Bob Eisenhardt and illuminating vignettes, “Tree of Treasures" shares the heartfelt stories behind a hundred of those cherished possessions. From serene lace angels and vintage Santas, to exquisite glass-blown spheres and small silk purses, “Tree of Treasures” presents ornaments both beautiful and well loved, illuminating how ornaments, as we unpack and hang them each holiday season, tell the story of our lives.
Available for purchase at select retail locations:
"Beautifully done and photographed"
- Dr Howard Leifman
"This beautiful small book is as perfect a Christmas gift as I can imagine. It's the story of a glorious obsession--the collection of 3,000 Christmas ornaments--that becomes, in turn, the story of a very interesting life. Each ornament tells a story that reflects one aspect or another of Mackay's history: her upbringing, sometimes difficult; her marriage to her filmmaker husband; her role as daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt; her important career in merchandising, first at Bloomingdale's and then at the Museum of Modern Art; and her work as the facilitator of brilliant artists and craftspeople who create these small and magical masterworks. There is a great deal of love in the book: for objects and for people. It will warm your heart and illuminate your holiday."
- Alan Gelb
"A Tree of Treasures is a beautifully curated collection of sentiments, ornament/objet design and memories that conjures up that symbiotic mixture of time-worn nostalgia and excitement that comes each holiday season at the site of a newly decorated Christmas tree. The thoughtful description of each ornament in Ms. Mackay's collection, unveils the limbs of her own tree....and the people who have contributed to its very life over the course of her years. I gave "Tree of Treasures" as a 'special' gift to those with whom I've shared the tradition of decorating a Christmas tree, and whom I know also savor this tradition as one that binds families together and smooths what can become jagged-edges as the increasingly frantic holiday season. , I recommend this as a gift for those in your life with whom you've shared similar traditions."
- Lyde Spann
These videos take a closer look at Bonnie Mackay’s annual Christmas tree, and she shares additional stories and memories.