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SerialMover Sat 21-Oct-17 19:50:32

I grew up in a tinsel-friendly house. I can't decide if I actually like the bloody stuff or not (will probably always be a bit nostalgic though) but it's probably a bit naff and dated now.

If you don't have tinsel, is there an alternative?

What decorations do you have instead?

wafflyversatile Sat 21-Oct-17 19:52:23

Nothing is as good as tinsel. It's Christmas. This is no time for subtlety.

KC225 Sat 21-Oct-17 19:53:15

Love a bit of deep pile tinsel

hazeyjane Sat 21-Oct-17 19:55:07

Torn strips of hessian and 'artisan' string. (ie....string)

MagicFajita Sat 21-Oct-17 19:57:55

Paper chains , dcs and I make them together.

SerialMover Sat 21-Oct-17 20:00:36

See I'm so used to having it that I can't imagine there being anything else...but is there?

SerialMover Sat 21-Oct-17 20:01:08

Ooh paper chains are a good idea, we had that

DryHeave Sat 21-Oct-17 20:01:19

Lots of leafy garlands here.

PodgeBod Sat 21-Oct-17 21:50:34

It's not Christmas if I can't smell the tinsel.

Bubblebubblepop Sat 21-Oct-17 21:54:23

We use bead or ribbon garlands. I have an adversion to tinsel the way some people do to cotton wool- it makes my teeth hurt lol!

AnneEyhtMeyer Sat 21-Oct-17 22:05:49

I spent years avoiding tinsel, using beads etc, and then last year thought "fuck it - I want the spectacular sparkliness of tinsel" and bought some of the really thick stuff. My tree looked awesome! I have embraced my inner tinsel-loving self and sod anyone who doesn't approve - it isn't their tree.

GherkinSnatch Sun 22-Oct-17 18:28:06

Deep pile tinsel is such a good description. I think I might have to steal that for my festive name change.

We're tinsel fans here. I am considering a pom-pom garland this year though.

NellyTimes Sun 22-Oct-17 18:34:51

Where do you buy the "deep pile" tinsel from? I struggle to find any that fits that description, but that's exactly how I like it.

ShowOfHands Sun 22-Oct-17 18:39:58

I make pom pom garlands, paperchains, strings of popcorn/oranges/cinnamon, holly etc, garlands made from foliage and pine cones. DC make paper snowflakes and Chinese lanterns.

I do like a retro decoration. Honeycomb balls for example but not tinsel.

SideOrderofSprouts Sun 22-Oct-17 18:41:28

There is
No substitute.

Oliack1417 Sun 22-Oct-17 18:51:30

We use long strings of silver beads on the tree instead of tinsel. Looks lovely.

GherkinSnatch Sun 22-Oct-17 18:54:57

I saw some deep pile in JL a couple of weeks ago. Tesco quite often have some proper chunky stuff too.

Unicorn81 Sun 22-Oct-17 18:58:01

I never use tinsel on the trees, i have coloured beads that match my colour scheme, i do like a bit on my desk at work tho

goose1964 Sun 22-Oct-17 20:43:09

We use strings of beads and tinsel

peachy94 Sun 22-Oct-17 20:55:43

My mum used to do ribbon and beads, I do tinsel because I'm common

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Sun 22-Oct-17 21:06:02

Sparkle-floss. There's probably an actual proper name for it but, clearly, I don't know what it is.

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Sun 22-Oct-17 21:10:14

This stuff

(I'll probably still call it sparkle-floss though)

Crabbo Sun 22-Oct-17 21:14:31

Lovely tree Oliack. We use the bead strings usually but going for nothing but white lights and popcorn strings this year - a friend had it like that last year and it looked beautiful.

SamPotatoes Sun 22-Oct-17 21:16:15

The trees have strings of beads instead of tinsel. Mainly because I have about a million tree decorations and tinsel takes up too much space on the tree.

The rest of the house has tinsel all over- round the bannisters, over each picture, round the mantelpiece. You can't beat the sparkle of tinsel.

drspouse Sun 22-Oct-17 21:18:06

I'm twitching at the thought of tinsel.
On the tree - lights, beads.
Round the house - greenery.

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