Below are Gram and Grandma Jennie. They are my husband’s Grandmother (Matilda Zacchia) and Great Grandmother (Concetta Gambino). They are getting ready for Christmas I would guess in the early 1950s as Matilda would have had her 2 children by then.
Notice the tinsel. I remember my German Grandmother, Hazel Jagdfeld, always had tinsel on her tree and this reminds me of a folk tale from that part of the world. There are many variations of it but here is one:
A widow was getting ready for Christmas and was cleaning her house including sweeping the cobwebs out. The spiders would rush to the attic to get out of the way. She and her children decorated the tree and went to bed. The spiders not be able to contain themselves, hurried down to take a look at the tree. They climbed all over the branches leaving webs all over. When Santa came to the house, he saw the webs and knew the widow would be upset to see her tree like this. So he used his magic and turned the webs into sparkly strands of silver. When the widow and children got up in the morning, they saw how beautiful the tree was and were joyful. That is the legend of why there is tinsel for the Christmas tree. Some people even tuck a little spider ornament in the tree each year.
Have a Happy Holiday Season!