A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 20, 2016
“Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle”

Christmas is often celebrated with tinsel decorations. “Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle!” means not to stress about Christmas. “Every Christmas, local councils get their tinsel in a tangle about decorations” was cited in a November 2005 newspaper.

“Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle” has been printed on many GIFs.


10 November 2005, The Daily Telegraph (London), :Don’t panic” by Rachel Forder, pg. 26:
Forder, Rachel. The Daily Telegraph [London (UK)] 10 Nov 2005: 026.
EVERY Christmas, local councils get their tinsel in a tangle about decorations.

Google Books
Jeanne Bice’s Quacker Factory Christmas:
Simple Recipes, Fabulous Parties, and Decorations to Put Sparkle, Not Stress, Into Your Season

By Jeanne Bice
New York, NY: Health Communications
2006
Back cover:
Or, as Jeanne Bice, founder of The Quacker Factory says, “Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle!”

6 December 2006, Messenger Inquirer (Owensboro, KY), “Preparing for Christmas takes joy out of holiday” by Cheryl King, pg. 7:
I recently saw a holiday pillow that read “Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle.” Funny, and so true.

10 December 2006, Lincoln (NE) Journal Star, “Silver & gold, sequins & applique” by Kathryn Cates Moore, pg. 8:
These customers don’t just like to wear sparkly sweaters, they also like to craft and entertain. So in Bice’s newest book, “Quacker Factory Christmas” (Health Communications, $19.95), she advises, “Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle,” and fills it with hassle-free recipes for such treats as Tiny Tuna Melts.

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Elizabeth Donehue
‏@edonehue
Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle!
6:14 AM - 16 Dec 2008

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Melissa Taylor
‏@MelissaRTaylor
Dont get your tinsel in a tangle.  Have a merry Christmas y’all!
1:35 PM - 22 Nov 2009

Every Word Counts
Christmas idioms and phrases unwrapped
Posted on 07/12/2014 by Geraldine Jones
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Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle = don’t get stressed out trying to make Christmas perfect

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The Fleurty Ginger
‏@FleurtyGinger
Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle over prices of gifts for your special ones! You won’t break your wallet at… http://fb.me/5YlDa0kyG
3:57 PM - 21 Dec 2016

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFestivals/Events/Parades • Tuesday, December 20, 2016 • Permalink