“Silent icicles, Quietly shining to the quiet moon.”

I may have seen the sun a bit earlier, but I can’t be sure. It’s not raining-that much I can say with certainty. I watched Gracie from the back door after I let her out and noticed birds in the side yard and one woodpecker on my back step. The birds were juncos, and there were many. I had a mixed seed bag so I threw some into the yard in case the juncos come back. They haven’t been around much so I figured I’d give them some incentive. Today is a one errand day, for dog food, and a wrap like crazy day. I need to get the Colorado gifts wending their way westward.

The old tinsel controversy has reared its head. My family called the silvery garlands tinsel. They were wound around the tree and draped for effect. We also had a red tinsel garland and a construction paper one we had made once. It was the worst for wear, but it was part of the tree tradition. The tinsel was put on the tree just after the lights. My mother did the honors as she knew exactly how the tinsel should look from branch to branch. The ornaments were next. The big breakables were put around the top by my mother. We always thought of them as the fancy ornaments, the untouchables. We all put on the rest of the ornaments including the small glass ones. I have some of those and I have one fancy ornament. My mother gave each of us a box filled with the ornaments of our childhood including one fancy ornament I still put high up on the tree. Last of all to be put on the tree were the icicles. We’d each take a handful and drape one at a time on a branch. After a while draping became boring, and mayhem ensued. We’d take handfuls and toss them on the tree to get rid of our piles. My mother would yell,”One at a time. One at a time.” We didn’t care. We were lost in the throwing frenzy. Finally my mother stopped us and took all our icicles. She then removed the piles on the branches and put the icicles on the tree one at a time. We watched television.

Now, were they icicles or were they tinsel? What about the garlands? Were they tinsel too? I say there is no question, no confusion. Those silvery strands were icicles because that’s what they looked like hanging from the branches. They looked like the real icicles which hung from the edges of our roof. I do admit the real ones never hung in clumps.

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16 Comments on ““Silent icicles, Quietly shining to the quiet moon.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I can’t remember icickles from when I grew up, I have seen them now days though and I think they are made from see through plastic. I think glass just would be too heavy. Looks pretty but they are way to big for my small trees 🙂

    We also hung the precious ones high but what helped that when someone got tangled in the wires to the lights while taking a nap on the sofa. The needles stung him and he tore down the entire tree. He, of course blamed the cat but the cat was with me 🙂 I still have a few of those old that survived.

    I drove to the supermarket this morning to get dog food and I was going to buy some cheese, so I’m not surprised that I came home with sliced smoked turkey and sausages 🙂 🙂 If I don’t cough all night I’ll go to work tomorrow, I’m starting to get bored and that’s always a sign of getting better 🙂

    I watched the Guardians of the Galaxy today and I liked it a lot but sort of expected more by the trailers I’ve seen, still a good buy though.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      The one they sell now aren’t see through but they are just paper and blow easily even as people walk by them. They had to stop selling the lead ones.

      How did someone get tangled in the lights from the sofa? I can’t even picture that. We hd a couple of trees fall but none did it. I think the stand was just to small and the trees just too heavy.

      The rule of thumb is you never come home with only the one thing you wanted. I know I never do. I bring hoe bags of stuff.

      I haven’t seen it, but on your review I’ll try this weekend.

      Enjoy your evening!

  2. minicapt Says:

    Tinsel goes onto a Christmas tree; an icicle can be broken and added to your cold drink.


  3. Birgit Says:

    Tinsel was always the final step to cover remaining holes. As Christer wrote before I also can’t remember icicles when I grew up.
    I still have the old traditional tree ornaments but I rarely use them anymore, no tree since I’ve left home. I had to cut down my big cactus plant last summer so I’ll probably light and decorate my potted palm this year. So much for old German Christmas traditions 😉

    • katry Says:

      I think we are talking about the same thing. Icicles were hung all over the tree and were great to cover the bare spots.

      I always put the old ones on. My mother, who spread her cheer to all of us, seems part of the season when I hang those ornaments, especially the big one only she could touch.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Speaking as a former tinsel factory employee I can say that it’s both. Tinsel is the material that makes the icicles and garland. I worked there when mylar silver and colored tinsel was just coming onto the market. The factory did that as well but mostly we worked on the old style lead tinsel as that was the popular thing. It was made of thin lead foil that had a silver coating.

    I liked the lead foil tinsel. When the cutting machine broke down we would amuse ourselves by mashing some tinsel into little balls and polishing them into cubes on the conveyor belt. Then we’d toss them at each other. Then the foreman would get po’d, swear loudly and throw his tools at us. Another one of those wonderful high school jobs. 🙂

    It’s snowing here. Has been all afternoon. No sign of anything that looks remotely like a sun.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      So do you just call the garland a garland? The icicles look like the real ones, especially the old lead ones which hung so well on the tree.

      My brother and I often had a lead tinsel ball fight, and my mother would make us crawl around on the floor to pick up the balls. Sometimes they stung when you got hit.

      No snow here. When I spoke to my sister in Stoneham, I was surprised when she said it had been snowing all day. We didn’t even get rain.

      Have a great night!

      • Caryn Says:

        Yes. Garland is garland. Tinsel garland. Paper garland. Popcorn garland. Stuff strung together and wound around the tree.

        I liked the way the lead tinsel draped. It had weight. I especially like the crinkled stuff. The crinkles made it more reflective.

        The non-lead stuff was overly attracted to the static build up on the TV screen. The side nearest the television had tinsel icicles that defied gravity and hung sideways pointing towards the TV screen. Like silvery fringe blowing in a stiff breeze. 😀

      • katry Says:

        I remember those icicles being pulled toward the TV. It was like a giant magnet. Also, every time we’d walk by some would cling to what we were wearing. It was very annoying. My mother would find strands all over the place.

  5. Morpfy Says:

    Maple Bacon Monkey Bread

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    cooking spray
    1 (12 ounce) package of bacon
    ½ cup margarine
    ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
    ½ cup maple syrup
    ¾ cup white sugar
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    2 (16.3 ounce) packages refrigerated biscuit dough, separated and cut into quarters

    1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Coat the inside of a 9-inch fluted tube pan (such as Bundt) with cooking spray.
    2. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels; remove extra fat and crumble into small pieces.
    3. Melt margarine in a small saucepan over medium heat; stir in brown sugar and maple syrup. Bring mixture to a boil; cook and stir until mixture begins to foam, about 1 minute. Remove saucepan from heat.
    4. Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a resealable plastic bag; add 6 to 8 biscuit pieces at a time and shake until well coated. Pour any remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture into brown sugar mixture. Place saucepan over medium heat, cooking and stirring until sugar dissolves, 2 to 3 minutes.
    5. Sprinkle ¼ the bacon pieces in the bottom of the tube pan; pour in about ¼ the brown sugar mixture. Arrange 1 layer of biscuit pieces in the tube pan; sprinkle in ¼ the bacon pieces. Drizzle about ¼ the brown sugar mixture over the biscuit pieces. Continue layering until all the ingredients are used, ending with a drizzle of brown sugar mixture.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven until biscuits are cooked through, about 35 minutes. Allow to cool in pan, 10 to 20 minutes; invert onto a serving plate.

  6. Hedley Says:

    We were all clumpers. Full stop The End

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