Harold Lloyd’s Magnificent (Year-Round!) Christmas Tree

This was a popular article in the past, and since it’s that time of the year I thought I’d pass it around again! Few people in Hollywood history got more into the Christmas spirit than Harold Lloyd, to the point where his massive tree graced his family’s home 365 days a year. Enjoy!

Silent-ology

If you got to go back in time to the Golden Age of Hollywood and spend Christmas with one of your favorite stars, who would you pick? It would be a really tough decision, but if you were factoring in stars who were really, REALLY into Christmas, then Harold Lloyd should probably top your list!

Harold and family (and friends?). Not sure where this image came from, but it’s a nice one, isn’t it?

On his 15-acre estate Greenacres, boasting a 44-room mansion, 9-hole private golf course, a 900-foot man-made canoe stream, and what was once southern California’s largest swimming pool, Lloyd “knew how to keep Christmas well,” as Dickens would say.

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4 thoughts on “Harold Lloyd’s Magnificent (Year-Round!) Christmas Tree

  1. Lea’s 2017 article mentioned that after Lloyd’s death in 1971 Greenacres was auctioned off. WHAT!?! AUCTIONED? Wikipedia has the details. In 1975 the auction winner purchased the 15-acre estate for $1.6M and then divided 10 acres into 15 lots that sold for $1M or so each. $15M that Lloyd’s family could have used to build the motion picture museum Lloyd wanted to give the public. $15M that could have gone toward silent film preservation. What a lost opportunity!

    And that Christmas tree with 5000 ornaments on it. Good grief! Christmas is NOT about a TREE. Certainly not a tree so jam packed with baubles that the tree is not visible. As Scrooge would say, Bah! Humbug!

    • The real estate market in LA is just nuts, practically every acre of the hills has been chopped and rechopped into absurdly expensive lots…le sigh.

      Ha ha, I think Lloyd had enough love of Christmas for ten people, he sure showed it!

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