Without a doubt, tinsil on the ol’ Christmas tree can safely be cateorgorized into a ‘throwback’. It’s old school. It’s outdated. It is old fashioned. If you currently have tinsil on your Christmas tree, all I have to say is I will not set foot into your house for quite some time. To me, tinsil is almost as bad as glitter.
Personally, I do not know anyone that still puts tinsil on their tree. In my opionion it is just so gawdy that I don’t know WHY this was ever a thing to begin with. Venturing out to the stores this holiday season, I don’t recall even seeing tinsil sold in stores and quite frankly I don’t know who in their right mind would even buy it. Do they even still sell it? I truly am unsure if they still do? I pitty the store that still has it on their shelf.
When I think of tinsil, I think of my Grandma (my mom’s mom). When we were little and used to do family Christmas on my mom’s side I still remember her tree like it was yesterday. It was a tree thickly and generously covered in silver tinsil. Even then, I remember thinking, where are the lights and where the hell are all the ornaments? Sure enough, they were hidden under the enormous amount of tinsil on her tree. As the evening went on it was almost as if the tree vomited tinsil everywhere. There were family members with tinsil in their hair, for the men, unbeknownst to them, it was dangling off their beard or mustasche. We’d be eating dinner and I’d be pulling tinsil out of my mashed potatoes and gravy. There were children with tinsil stuck to every inch of their skin that was uncovered & everyone was doing that spitting and pulling something out of their mouth as if they had a piece of hair stuck in their mouth…but nope, it was tinsil. I betcha if my grandparents had indoor pets, they’d be pooping out tinsil for months on end. Tinsil. Tinsil was everywhere.
With all the annoyance that is tinsil (and the fact that it really didn’t even look great) I have been wondering what the point of that stuff is….so I googled the why! Here is what google came up with, “Tinsel was originally made from extruded strands of silver. Because silver tarnishes quickly, other shiny metals were substituted. Before the 16th century, tinsel was used for adorning sculptures rather than Christmas trees. It was added to Christmas trees to enhance the flickering of the candles on the tree.” …just in case you wanted to know. I also googled if you could still buy tinsil. Ahaha, yep. Thanks to places like TrueValue, Amazon, Factory Direct & Wal Mart you too can still get your gawdy on before Christmas this year. I know my Grandma would!