SoCS: tinsel

When I was a kid we used to put tinsel on the Christmas tree. It was something I was allowed to do after the very fragile balls were all hung. It required great patience to put them on one strand at time so they hung loose and didn’t rest on lower branches.

My job after Christmas was to take them off one strand at a time and try to put then back on the cardboard they came on without breaking. Back in the 50’s the tinsel was made of aluminum foil so they broke easily but my very frugal mom insisted we try our best to save them for years to come. Most people just tossed the tree with the tinsel still on it and bought more every year.  We would save little broken pieces.

By the 60’s they invented plastic tinsel covered in silver. They were much easier to  take off and save, didn’t wrinkle and would hang for years and years if you had a picky little kid to take off every strand, wrap it around the cardboard hook and carefully bag it up for the next year. I will bet my parents never bought more than two packages, maybe not even two come to think of it.

However, people were throwing away their trees with plastic tinsel on them which got to be a problem. I’m not sure if it was actually banned but tinsel went out of use.

That’s why I started to collect icicles. Tinsel had always been the finishing touch. It moved and sparkled. The Christmas tree is just not the same without icicles which is what tinsel was supposed to be.

When I was still collecting decorations I would buy them Boxing Day half price and put them away for next year. Then every year I would pull out my new forgotten stuff and be delighted all over again. I was always on the lookout for good icicles.

My stream of consciousness ends here because it’s no longer about tinsel.


Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “tin.” Use it as a word or find a word with “tin” in it, and base your post on that word. Bonus points if you start your post with that word. Enjoy!


2 thoughts on “SoCS: tinsel

  1. I remember the tinsel from years ago and was quite sad when it went out of fashion and couldn’t be found any longer – unlike your mother I didn’t save mine. A few weeks ago I saw packages of it at Walmart! But I didn’t buy any. I’m older now and knew it would be me who had to clean up that mess when Christmas was over! ~Elle

  2. We always believed you could throw the tinsel at the tree and somehow it would separate and drape over the branches perfectly. Wish that were the case, but it ain’t…

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