Monday, 10 December 2012
When I was small my Nan would machine sew some crepe paper bags and fill them with dolly mixture sweets to be hung from the tree. I never remember eating any of them though! I don't think we went overboard with lights back in the 1960's/'70's. Our tree decorations were ones we had inherited, or made at school, interspersed with tinsel and lametta.
We made paper chains to be hung across the ceiling and a honeycomb paper Father Christmas and Snowman were fixed to the wall. We always had balloons tied to each corner of the room and it was obligatory to have two round balloons with a long one in the middle (remember that?) and we would all make out that it was arranged like that by accident!
Decorating the house for Christmas has become a much more sophisticated affair today and seems to have lost some of its spontaneous edge. We no longer have rude balloons, tacky tinsel and paper chains and yet somehow that was all part of the fun wasn't it?