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Neffti Noel
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Does anyone else feel that it just isn't Christmas unless there is a healthy amount of tat around?

For example. My husband brought home a plaster box, containing a 3D fibre-optic street scene that snows polystyrene balls. It is bedecked with bad carvings of children in Victorian dress on toboggans. There is glitter. It plays Christmas tunes at the wrong speed in tinny tones.

I wasn't sure at first, but now it absolutely sends me into raptures. I know that it is crap and possibly hideous, but at the same time, it makes me feel all warm and festive to stare at it.

I'm not being terribly British and ironic about it, either. I'm not sneering and deliberately seeking out bad taste. It just seems that at this time of year, my tolerance for tat is very high indeed.

What it your tattiest piece of Christmas tat?

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BeachLife
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Sorry, what's tat?

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I never heard the term either, but from the context, I assume it just means "corny decorations".

As for the OP, yes my family has plenty of tat around for Christmas... giant, air-filled Santas, big bows, even one of those little snowmen that plays music when you push a button, ala that Hallmark commercial. I wouldn't say that tat is necesary to get into the Christmas mood, but I certainly enjoy it.

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Jay Tea
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quote:
Originally posted by BeachLife:
Sorry, what's tat?

Anything Cheap and cheerful. Or cheap and nasty, depending on your viewpoint...

I'll try and get a picture next time i'm in my local. The Thai staff eagerly decorate the place with the most awful decorations, gawd knows where they find the stuff, but they seem to like it so it's ok with me.

I'm not a Christmas person but I do quite like peeing into other offices at this time of year to check out the gaudy splendour with which the women (for it is exclusively the women) set up their work-spaces...

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Neffti Noel
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Oh sorry! I think the item described should give you a clue. Tat is anything generally accepted to be glurgy/bad taste and of poor quality.
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And here I thought this was going to be a tattoo thread. [lol]

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Sylvanz
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Beach, I think the U.S. version would be "tacky."

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Many years ago my kids pooled their money together and bought me a plushy toy reindeer that plays Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer when you squeeze a hoof. Does this count?

Yes, I squeeze the hoof regularly during the season. [lol]

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Gibbie
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Jay writes:
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I'm not a Christmas person but I do quite like peeing into other offices at this time of year
I think I'd be quite offended if you came peeing into my office, regardless of what time of year it was!

[lol]

Gibbie

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Neffti Noel
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The tattiest Christmas office I ever visited was the SOCO (Scene of Crime Officers') base at the police HQ I used to work at. There was not an edge that did not have tinsel on it. The front door itself had a plastic plaque with a light-up Virgin Mary that played Ave Maria.

These are the guys who know how to deal with a dead body that has been undiscovered for six months. They needed that tat.

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Gale
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You have to be careful. One man's tat is another man's lamp from the Christmas Story. For me anything that makes a recorded noise is tat. Cards, pins, anything. I absolutely hate any decoration that works on motion sensors.

I had an absolutely lovely Christmas tree one year. We were mostly broke college students. We bought a couple of cheap strings of lights, hung candy canes, strung popcorn and cranberries, and attached the red, gold, green, and silver foil Hershey kisses to ornament hooks. It was simple and pretty and if a Hershey fell off the tree, you got to eat it. While we were deciding how to top it, our third roommate went out and bought a silver plastic angel with a monofiliment halo which had red, blue, green, and yellow rotating light behind it. It was the most hideous thing I've ever had on a tree.

I'm going to break one of my own rules of tat this month when I go to my office Christmas party. I absolutely hate holiday themed sweaters, shirts, vests, and socks. But two years ago, my mom found a long sleeved black scoop neck t-shirt with a silver, gold, and burnt orange stylized Christmas tree on the front. I'm going to wear it.

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SantasHobbit
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quote:
Originally posted by Jay Tea (The office piddler):


The Thai staff eagerly decorate the place with the most awful decorations...


Weird, if you google "tat" and hit "I'm feeling lucky", you'll get the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

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BeachLife
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I've long said that the very idea of the Christmas tree, out of cultural context, is so very tacky. How in the world would anyone otherwise justify decorating a dead tree with lights, plus tin, plastic and glass baubles?

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snapdragonfly
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And here I thought this thread was going to be about needlework.

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Me, personally - no tatty anything, ever. I like stuff extremely tasteful and high end and oooh, aaah, and begging to be photographed in designer magazines.

WHAT???? ~ yes, I'm a horrible snob. I'm a food snob, a decor snob, I'm just a snob.

~this only applies to my own house and table, though. I don't care how tatty your own house is if you like it that way.

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Jay Tea
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quote:
Originally posted by Gibbie:
Jay writes:
quote:
I'm not a Christmas person but I do quite like peeing into other offices at this time of year
I think I'd be quite offended if you came peeing into my office, regardless of what time of year it was!

[lol]

Gibbie

[lol]

Excellent. And I can't even edit it as it appears there is now a time limit in which to do so...

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Aud
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I don't need to buy tat. My neighbors have all I need. Their display is perfectly framed by the front window when I sit on my sofa.

I'm very baa humbug about decorations. I've not put up more than a wreath in years. I'm contemplating getting rid of the artifical tree since it never gets used. If, If I get hit by some weird maternal sense of needing to provide a "real Christmas" for the kiddo I'll get a real tree. At least they smell nice.

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frogpond
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It's all pretty tacky if you think about it. Yes, some decorations are tackier than others, but any thing that involves festooning with lights and bows (or perhaps just the word festooning) is tacky - and great fun! It makes me feel like a child getting to imagine wild color schemes for my house again.

ETA to add a word.

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creative gal
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Some of the stuff on offer at the shop I work at is tat.. We have a variety of singing, dancing santas, bears, and a hippie alligator, amongst other things. I like some tat, particularly glittery decorations, but there is a line, and items such as those inflatable snow globes I've seen about recently cross that line for me..

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NorthernLite
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I will have you know that my hiphop Santa only raps in the most tasteful manner.

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I'll let you in on a little secret. While I'm brutally mocking tacky Christmas decorations to my friends there is a part of me that is absolutely loving it.

Don't tell anyone, I'll get kicked out of the cynical club and lose my street cred.

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Astra
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quote:
Originally posted by Neffti Noel:
These are the guys who know how to deal with a dead body that has been undiscovered for six months. They needed that tat.

Last year the criminal justice department made the mistake of entrusting me with decorating their Christmas tree. I borrowed a roll of crime scene tape from the lab and used it like garland. Too bad I'm not working there this semester - a body outline done in spray-on snow would have been so festive!
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James G.
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I generaly find the tat annoying, an attitude I inherited from my Mum. (I have the feeling that given half the chance my Dad would love to fill the house with tat at Christmas, he just know he'd be sleeping on the street come new year if he did. Still his box would look nice and gaudy.)

However a few years ago my mum brought come candle holder of questionable taste. A brass (Well, brass coloured steel) Stick supports a glass cup wich holds a tealight. Arround this is a red shade, formed with translucent beads and touched with gold. Now in all honesty these aren't terrible and only make an appearence at christmas. However, because they contrast so much with our otherwise minimal christmas I commented to my mum that they look 'a little tacky for her' (Here is an interesting distinction, tat is the noun, tacky the adjective, for me. Tatty would imply scruffy or dogeared.) So began an injoke. I now jokingly mock them when they are put up, and express my relief when they are gone.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gibbie:
Jay writes:
quote:
I'm not a Christmas person but I do quite like peeing into other offices at this time of year
I think I'd be quite offended if you came peeing into my office, regardless of what time of year it was!

[lol]

Gibbie

Even worse, I initially misread "offices" as "orifices." [Eek!] I then wondered which orifice he peed in the rest of the year.

We had one of those inflatable snow globes at my work last year, with Santa and a snowman inside. It got a bit deflated as the season wore on, and it ended up looking like the snowman was servicing Santa.

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Seeing as my sense of humor can be quite juvenile at times, I would have taken pictures of it had I seen it.

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Starla
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I used to hate tacky decorations, but now I'm starting to enjoy them. I pretend detached irony and declare my taste "kitschy," but maybe I'm just fooling myself.

Last week I saw a woman wearing a lime green sweater. The cuffs looked like they were trimmed in tinsel, there was a line across the middle of the shirt with the same tinsel junk sticking out, and it had a Christmas tree with silver sequins. It was the most glorious thing I have ever seen. If I found one, I'd buy it in an instant!

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