Tinsel in Your Eye

Why tinsel is no longer welcome in the Belanger household…


(There is some debate as to who actually took the bite of the inedible gingerbread cookie ornament. So, to be fair, it might actually have been like this:
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The tinsel was eventually fished from Ashley’s eye, but the ornament remained in disgrace for decades to follow. Here is the only photo I have of the ornament:


No, no– ignore how cute Charlotte is cuddling Rapunzel and how dazzling my mom looks in her greeny-yellow sweater. Focus on that bit of tinsel, please. It won an award, you know.





24 responses to “Tinsel in Your Eye”

  1. Michael Cargill Avatar

    Ha ha, this is a great one! That eyeball is freaking me out and I can’t stop scrolling back up to look at it.

    And that faux-wood finish on the TV reminds of the days when everything was right with the world.


  2. ~meredith Avatar

    the old tinsel in the eye trick, huh? well, it’s all fun and games until then… what a fun post. thank you.

  3. Simple Heart Girl Avatar

    And we totally had a TV like that, too.

  4. becomingcliche Avatar

    This was the best yet. “Dishonor forever!” HAHAHAA!

  5. Book Club Mom Avatar

    Love this – very clever!!

  6. A Thousand Moments More Avatar

    This is very funny! Awesome! Thanks for such a wonderful post.

  7. rosieapple1 Avatar

    This made me giggle! Great post, thank you :-).

  8. Mark Myers Avatar

    Excellent. Made me happy!

  9. dearanonymousfriend Avatar

    you are so funny! love this! well done.

  10. Janelle Weibelzahl Avatar

    I am shocked and somewhat disillusioned by the photographic evidence that your family is not, in fact, made of colourful paper. This is hilarious, though!

    1. bottledworder Avatar

      Exactly what I was thinking. What! Your family isn’t made of colourful paper! Great post.

  11. talesfromthemotherland Avatar

    Oh how I love this one! Just wonderful… and what a beautiful ornament! ;-)

  12. lavitadicri Avatar

    ..Fantastic and Merry Xmas

  13. Tin Roof Press Avatar

    hahah good eyeball – but i think i cant see the actual ornament. just something vaguely shiny outlined in red

  14. muddledmom Avatar

    Everyone has a different version of every story, don’t they? I can’t believe the real culprit never admitted to eating the gingerbread. So funny. That’s a great picture. It’s fun to see some of the family behind the stories. Your mom is beautiful.

  15. Lorraine Avatar

    I absolutely love your paper applique (did I spell that right?) artwork! I’m a middle sister too. The oldest of 2 middle sisters.

  16. Rae Avatar

    Your mom is a hot cookie! And Charlotte with Rupunzel is also pretty cute – I can see why she got away with so much!

  17. bhbkidstyle Avatar

    I am sorry but I can’t take my eyes off your mum. She looks like meeeeeeee! – without the long silky ears, of course!

  18. Charlie Avatar

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    If you’ve never seen The Middlest Sister before, check it out.

  19. silkpurseproductions Avatar

    “Dishonourable mention, forever!” That is classic. You brought back a flood of memories with this one.

  20. Ayesha (Miss Spicy Hat n' Sugar Socks) Avatar

    Hahhaa….that’s awesome. And the piece of tinsel is absolutely overshadowed by you mom and Charlotte in their glory! :P

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  22. JSD Avatar

    Very cute…as is your mom and your sister. We had to eliminate tinsel because the cat kept trying to eat it. It made me gag when I was pulling it out of her throat…yards and yards of it.

  23. monicastangledweb Avatar

    Utterly adorable story, tinsel and all. Hope your holidays were wonderful!

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