To want a pleasing, calm, leafy, tasteful Christmas and not a nasty, flashy, dare I say a bit common, one?

(69 Posts)
ItsAWonderfulCervix Sat 07-Dec-13 21:15:01

DH and DD2 have taken it upon themselves to put bright, flashing, coloured lights all over the tree out the front.

I had visions of a wee tree by the front door with clear, static lights.

It gets worse........

In the kitchen I have a nice dangly candle thing. I was going to entwine a bit of holly and ivy.

There are now more flashy lights around the TV.

And worse..................

I have some lovrly tasteful paper chains ready.

But there is tinsel draped around my bannistet.

Fucking Tinsel!!!!!

I could cry.

My dreams of taste and aesthetically pleasing festive decor are in tatters.

shewhowines Sun 08-Dec-13 16:37:49

I found out this week, that baked decorations made at school don't last forever. I got a handful of mushy, smelly gunk when delving in the bag of decorations this year. fshock At my guess they only last 6 years!

Golddigger Sun 08-Dec-13 16:35:09

Mine have got their claws into the entire house. Even when they dont even live here permanently anymore!
I know I know that is really stupid. But I dont much like the job anyway.

shewhowines Sun 08-Dec-13 16:31:04

Oh deary deary me. You've gone about it all wrongly. Mine have put up and decorated their very own trees for their own bedroom, from about the ages of 3. Onto these go their tacky decorations and all their homemade/schoolmade ones. Thus, we are officially good parents and display their artistic talents and allow them to be creative to their hearts desire. They are even allowed chocolate on their trees. I, of course, have my own artistic tasteful efforts on display in the rest of the house.

Problem solved... I fear it maybe too late for those whose children have already got their claws into the main tree. fsad

ItsAWonderfulCervix Sun 08-Dec-13 16:13:02

Other ridiculous items that appear every year to thwart my dreams are...

The hold egyptian mummy case
The sequinned parrot
The glittery fox

All hang on the tree. Along with a million other bits if precious tat.

LEMisafucker Sun 08-Dec-13 15:27:04

I could not be doing with flashing lights around the TV, in fact flashing lights do my head in, so they go in the front window - to piss everyone else off!!!

Golddigger Sun 08-Dec-13 15:18:04

I just go with the flow.

DoYouLikeMyBaubles Sun 08-Dec-13 15:17:04

I've had the tackiest christmas acrylic nails done yesterday.

Glittery red and gold with gold bows.

grin

monicalewinski Sun 08-Dec-13 15:04:00

I dream of tasteful Christmas's (although with a tinsel fetish), but my husband and kids love tat and shite so this is what we end up with. My classy imaginary life is stifled by my working class actual life.

On a slight tangent, my husband asked me last night what the difference between MN and Netmums was, so I showed him a (grammatical minefield) thread on the other site and then this was my thread of choice on MN.

He actually had a little bit of wee he was laughing so hard at the posts on here - he now understands why I love it.

Dawndonnaagain Sun 08-Dec-13 14:55:31

Mother always insisted on tasteful, so all four of us have gone out of our way to be tacky. It's great!

DoYouLikeMyBaubles Sun 08-Dec-13 14:53:27
celestialsquirrels Sun 08-Dec-13 14:48:56

A "tasteful" Christmas is very hyacinth bucket IMO. That ain't what it's about. It's about kids and tinsel and coloured lights.

DoYouLikeMyBaubles Sun 08-Dec-13 14:43:34

I wanted all classy and lovely - after seeing the lovely ones in Bents.I ended up spending £17 on THREE baubles and thought fuck that I'm doing it as I usually would.

mrspremise Sun 08-Dec-13 14:32:14

A playmobil deep-sea diver is now a regular feature in our Nativity... While l love the idea of a tasteful Christmas, I'm much happier when the house looks like an explosion in a tinsel factory. l don't care how bloody fashionable it is to hate tinsel, I LOVE IT grin

madmomma Sun 08-Dec-13 12:16:33

twatty that is actually the most repulsive thing I have ever read. I shall now leave this thread to projectile vomit. Seasons Greetings one and all.

NCISaddict Sun 08-Dec-13 09:48:42

If you look at one of the other Christmas tree/tinsel threads you will see a picture of last years tree, it looks like the tinsel fairy vomited on it. This year I thought will be different. But oh no, DS1 has just spent a term in Venice so has been looking at the beautiful building no doubt tastefully decorated but has he learnt anything? Has he fuck!!!
I have had a text from him saying please save the tinsel for him to put on the tree on the 19th when he comes home. He is particularly looking forward to placing the strand of multicoloured tinsel which I've been trying to lose for years.
One day I'll have my perfect tree and then I'll be sad as it will be because I don't have my three teens and over decorating it.

OhBabyLilyMunster Sun 08-Dec-13 09:37:59

Im liking the sound of jeremy fisher in spangled tights. He always had a flashy camp vibe about him....

We have a man doing kung fu in a santa hat that goes on our tree each year. DH made it at school.

feelingfuckingfestiveok Sat 07-Dec-13 22:45:07

Each year I let DS choose a decoration for the tree we got to a big shop like Joh Lewis and I take him for a mince pie and he 'helps' me with xmas shopping. But this year I took him to see a play and there was a craft fair where he picked one. When we put hte tree up he will say oh remember this....so tis nice.

dementedma Sat 07-Dec-13 22:39:50

Our tree is done.Among the timeless decoations are a leaping Jeremy Fisher in spangled tights, a sequinned snake, an angel from st Petersburg, a glitzy camp Rudolph with golden curled horns,an angel made from a silver pine cone,and a tin decoration which I stole from my parents tree and which is over 50 years old.
All very tasteless but all very special to, us

mammmamia Sat 07-Dec-13 22:34:12

Am laughing out loud at pulling tinsel and choc wrappers out of dogs arse! Sorry!

ShylaMcClaus Sat 07-Dec-13 22:31:42

I used to think that white lights were the way to go but they are soulless somehow. So I bought some Quality Street coloured lights which are lovely but we don't have enough for the tree.

Every year we remark on the sparseness then say, "ah, fuck it, the bastard tree is up now, we'll get some more lights in the sales in January" It's a tradition now.

SilverApples Sat 07-Dec-13 22:30:34

If you get the tinsel and the flashing lights just right, you end up with a disco ball effect.
Our nativity set was enhanced overnight by a legion of Roman playmobil, complete with catapults.

ZeViteVitchofCwismas Sat 07-Dec-13 22:29:05

This is why I would never allow DH and DD to do the house without me. It would be carnage.

Monetbyhimself Sat 07-Dec-13 22:28:18

Am going to feed this fucking PURPLE LED tree to the dog angry

Taffeta Sat 07-Dec-13 22:26:36

DH tried to drape some tinsel over a picture this afternoon.

I screeched the house down. It's not there anymore. he had it poking out of his back pocket courtesy of DD for half the afternoon

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