Tinsel-Covered Christmas Trees Are Back and Giving Us Major Nostalgia
Tinsel isn't just for your grandma's Christmas tree anymore! This classic holiday decor trend is coming back, and it's giving us major nostalgia for the sparkling trees our grandparents used to decorate. Tinsel was originally created in Europe in the 1600s, but it gained popularity in the United States in the 1950s and 60s as a traditional holiday decor staple. The thin sparkly strands covered every inch of trees and garlands back in the day, and we're seeing it in stores and on trees across the country.
These days, it's a super affordable way to make your whole tree sparkle in just a few minutes. Unlike ornaments, which can be fairly expensive, you can get a pack of tinsel for as little as $1, and enough tinsel to cover an entire tree is still often less than $10.
If you haven't decorated with it before, there really aren't any rules for how to decorate with it; just toss a handful on the tree (or anywhere else) and keep adding until it's sparkly enough for your taste! Here are a few of our favorite tinsel-covered trees to help inspire your decorating this season.