Top 5 Christmas decorations that are out of style
These Christmas decorations are disappearing
While enjoying a few of our older Christmas photos, I noticed that some of our traditional Christmas decorations are no longer in favor. While these used to be all the rage, they have been replaced by newer, trendier items.
While a couple of them were tacky (see definition below) even way back then they had a certain flair. Today, our tree is artificial and always beautiful as shown in the photo. While it still has many of the older ornaments, it has evolved like many of the Christmas traditions and customs.
This list is the top 5 things items that are disappearing from Christmas. This is just a short list but I am sure that you can think of others.
Tacky is defined by Merriam-Webster as "characterized by lack of good breeding".
Number 1 - The Aluminum Christmas Tree
We spent many a Christmas gathered around the aluminum Christmas tree. While I think it was in the late 1950s, it could have been in the 1960s. I checked with Wikipedia to find that it was popular from 1958 to the mid-1960s which is no help at all prompting my memory.
It had the traditional foil needles and was made of aluminum as the name suggests. It was not a tree that I could warm up to but my mom thought it was great. I think I was glad when it went away. Now, it just brings back pleasant memories so my mom could have been right all along.
Don't despair, these are still available on Amazon
However tacky these are, they have a certain place in many family Christmas traditions. Way back then they didn't use lights but had a color wheel which is item #2.
Number 2 - Color Wheel
The aluminum tree did not have lights. To add color, a wheel was set off to the side to shine on the tree. It had four colors, The outer wheel was red, green, and blue and the center was yellow. It constantly changed the color of the tree and I think we spent more time focusing on the wheel than the tree. However, it was cool when the presents were wrapped in foil paper as they changed color too.
Would you believe you can get this on Amazon too?
Will wonders never cease?. Out of style, out of favor, this is still available. Not quite the same, the center isn't yellow but it would still work. What's even more interesting, I bet if one were setup, all of us would still watch it spin and change colors. It's hard to look away.
Number 3 - Tinsel
There were several ways to decorate with tinsel.There was my style where each strand was individually placed in a symmetrical pattern and then there was my brother who stood back and threw handfuls at the tree.
You could also look at a tree at any home and immediately know if they had small children. The tree would only be decorated with tinsel as high as the children could reach.
Tinsel was never ending and would turn up in the middle of summer behind something.
You will need at least two packages
Well, if you do it my way, you will need two packages. Do it my brother's way and one will do.
This was sort of depressing. I showed my grandson the icicles and he wanted to know what they were used for.
Number 4 - Spray Snow
This was always fun. Growing up in Southern California, snow was not something we saw on a regular basis. We could always make a trip to Big Bear to see the snow on the trees but living in the valley, there was no snow. My parents relented one year and bought us the spray snow. It was messy and smelled funny but at least it looked close to the pictures we saw on Christmas cards and advertisements in the stores.
Get three cans - You can spray it at someone and still have enough for the tree
We only had the spray snow that one year. We discovered it was fun to spray at each other. It probably wasn't good for us either. Several years later, my mom bought only enough for the tree. While it was pretty, it just wasn't as much fun.
Number 5 - Glass Wax
This was one of my favorite things to do at Christmas. You would pour the Glass Wax in a bowl and dip your sponge. Then you would dab it onto the stencils that were taped to the window. When it dried, the stencils were removed and Christmas designs would grace the windows for all the neighbors and visitors to enjoy.
Glass Wax went out of business so when I wanted to revive this tradition for my grandson, it was nowhere to be found. I was delighted when I found a replacement that works just as well.
Decorate with Glass Wax
- Decorate your windows with Glass Wax and Stencils
We didn't like cleaning windows but at Christmas it was another story. Glass Wax was a window cleaner but at Christmas, it was simply magical.