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Is tinsel old hat now?

(84 Posts)
Diggingdoris Tue 11-Dec-18 20:49:46

I notice that all the decorated trees in shops, magazines, online etc.are all tinsel free. Also the posh trees seem to be smothered in baubles with no room for tinsel.
What are my fellow gransnetters doing this year?

GrannyGravy13 Tue 11-Dec-18 20:59:56

I am β€œtinsel phobic” no tinsel in our house for over 30 years πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

SpringyChicken Tue 11-Dec-18 21:00:00

No tinsel on our tree, lots of warm white lights plus red and gold baubles. Presents underneath, all in red or gold paper. We place a few fake presents there too so that the ugly base is always hidden.

sodapop Tue 11-Dec-18 21:05:05

Tinsel and all the works for me I'm afraid, I love it all but I'll never be in Homes & Gardens

Gonegirl Tue 11-Dec-18 21:08:22

I've still got thin tinsel. Had it since the seventies. It's not garish or "in your face". Just pretty. Can't imagine our tree without it.

Pittcity Tue 11-Dec-18 21:19:56

We have tinsel on our tree but I no longer drape it everywhere as I used to.

hdh74 Tue 11-Dec-18 21:27:47

Our DD had to move back home with all her stuff and our wee house is crammed full, complete with a mattress stuffed behind the sofa, and boxes everywhere. Seriously no room for a tree so we're making do with a garland decorated with lights and home knitted decorations this year. Which I rather like tbh. I have a serious excess of Christmas decorations including tinsel tucked away though.

Chewbacca Tue 11-Dec-18 21:30:52

No tinsel or baubles on my tree. Just warm white lights and lots ornaments of different wild birds; robins, wrens, greenfinches, blue tits, etc, and a beautiful peacock at the top.

MiniMoon Tue 11-Dec-18 21:32:00

Tinsel on my tree too. Lots of baubles in blue, white, silver and purple. I have one orange/gold bauble put on the tree by DGS 3. I also have a tree skirt, crocheted by me a few years ago. Not a very good photo, but you get the idea.

Grannybags Tue 11-Dec-18 21:42:38

No tinsel. Tree is covered in lights and red baubles of different sizes. Fairy on the top who is at least 30 years old

MissAdventure Tue 11-Dec-18 21:44:33

I like a bit of tinsel.
It covers up the wire between the lights.

Willow500 Tue 11-Dec-18 21:49:15

No tinsel on either of my trees - I do have some wrapped round a tall candle holder and some on my wall unit though.

MissAdventure Tue 11-Dec-18 21:50:43

All the trees look lovely, with or without. smile

Willow500 Tue 11-Dec-18 21:51:52

Oh and some hiding behind this little fellow grin

trisher Tue 11-Dec-18 22:07:40

Loads of tinsel for me and none of that designer-sophisticated look. I go for as much tinsel, tat and old decorations as I can. Tacky is the word I think.

fiorentina51 Tue 11-Dec-18 22:14:52

I'm with you Trisher. Large tree covered in tat and tinsel.....and a lot of lights. πŸ˜ŽπŸŽ„πŸŽ…

Bathsheba Tue 11-Dec-18 22:15:11

A woman after my own heart trisher. Christmas is all about tacky gaudiness in my book. So it's tinsel on the tree, and draped over pictures, the mirror and anything else that stands still for long enough πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
I can't be doing with all this themed, colour co-ordinated stuff, with wrapping paper to match the tree decorations, which match the room decor. Yawn 😡

Coolgran65 Tue 11-Dec-18 22:25:14

No room for a tree but garlands, wreaths and lights everywhere. Nothing red because it colour clashes with the furnishings......
However - my glass porch is a Christmas Red Delight. Big red Bells, garlands of holly and berries. I've used red tissue paper to make massive red pompoms to hang from the porch ceiling, various sizes starting at 6" up to 20", and hanging at various lengths using red ribbon.

Lynne59 Tue 11-Dec-18 22:27:12

I don't like tinsel. Our tree has baubles and lights on, and we put lights around a large mirror. There are various little Christmassy ornaments about the place too.

paddyann Tue 11-Dec-18 23:52:54

not had tinsel for decades,our tree has white lights and baubles and ornaments collected over the 45 Christmasses we've spent together.I do have a Nativity set that I bought the year we got married and my FIL made a stable for it .It goes up every year and the children and grandchildren have all loved it and played with it.My son used to take the angel off it to school with him when he was 5.Now we have kittens who ignore the tree but are fascinated by the wee people in the stable .
Various lit ornaments around the house,stars in the windows and a singing Santa given to me by my late mother 40 years ago stands by the door...scares the bejesus out of everyone as its sings if theres a noise near it.Love Christmas .

kittylester Wed 12-Dec-18 05:47:02

What about lametta? I really love it!

Mapleleaf Wed 12-Dec-18 06:43:48

Hi kitty - so that’s what it’s called! I’ve got some on my tree in the lounge, red and gold, along with strings of small red beads. Comes out every year, love it! Baubles are different colours and shapes.

ninathenana Wed 12-Dec-18 07:08:05

No tinsel here for years. The tree when we put it up on Saturday will have white lights, baubles of all shapes and colours which have been collected over the years including a couple that were mum's and one each of babies 1st Christmas that we bought for our DC and strings of red beads. Topped with a fairy/angel confused never have decided what she is.

NanKate Wed 12-Dec-18 07:29:19

My 7 and 5 year old GSs were allowed to decorate the Christmas tree themselves at their home. It is festooned with tinsel and looks a total wreck and I love it. πŸ˜„πŸŽ„

EllanVannin Wed 12-Dec-18 07:55:47

Oh yes, tinsel draped over all my pictures/paintings and whatever else is around------standard lamp too. Icicles on my tree and miniature crackers on the branches, balanced.
The place is like a grotto. I couldn't bear the thought of sitting here without a bit of nudging everywhere, it all adds to the ambience of Christmas.
Everything I have is donkeys years old, the only modern item will be a musical lantern that I've ordered from my Avon lady. It lights up and plays carols so I'm made.