In response to our Dangerous Decorations article ( https://www.familychristmasonline.com/t ... ations.htm
), a reader writes:
My grandmother always put "angel hair" on her tree and I so wanted my parents to use that instead of tinsel. However, it was not like the Christmas snow shown. It actually was very fine fiberglass that covered the tree -to a little girl - like a fine coating of angels' hair. It went on last, over all the ornaments, and was so exquisitely beautiful. I actually found a box at a thrift store, just enough for the tiny tree I put up now, although I may be to upsize slightly as a friend sent me a box of Bubble Lights - just 7 lights - but, oh the memories! I have loved them since first grade - a very long time ago - when Sister Naala lways put them on the small tree in our classroom. I was so grateful when small Christmas lights came out - especially the clear ones, although my ex-husband refuaed to allow them on the tree. We found a set of colored ones that twinkled in time with Christmas songs (one setting) and my youngest son and I would turn off the regular lights, turn off the sound of the songs and try to figure out what song was playing by the blinking alone. Such fun, such memories. . . . Thank you for the fact that your post remembers the real reason for Christmas. Way too commercial now, and all the store decorations go up too early. When I get back on my laptop, I will try to remember to send a photo of the box of angel hair (fiberglass kind).
Thank you for getting in touch and sharing this part of your story.
Frankly, any talk of "angel hair" fiberglass makes me itch all over (my aunt would set up her elaborate nativity in the stuff).
But I am glad that the article helped you remember some of the good times of Christmases past.
I certainly commiserate with your concern that Christmas is way too commercial, but there have always been people for whom Christmas was simply a way to make money. At this age of life (65), I'm not personally offended by the overpriced decorations (made by Buddhist or Communist slave labor) that go on the market for half off the day after Christmas - that dynamic has been around since the 1920s. Or even by the television manufacturers claiming that 65" screens are the perfect way to honor a King who was born in a manger and first worshiped by peasants.
But I do get "put out" by people who insist that their way of observing (or not observing) Christmas is the only "right way" to "do Christmas," and no one else's preferences and habits measure up.
I try to be sensitive to the needs of people whose only connection to the best memories of their childhood is through decorations or traditions that I, personally, can't relate to.
What makes Christmas magic to me might seem tacky to you and vice versa. But the point is, I have every right to surround myself at Christmas with the things that bring back memories of Christmas magic for me. And so do you.
I thank you again for your kind note, and I wish you the most blessed New Year,