Good morning Shari! Both DH and I grew up with lots of icicles on the tree and even though they are a hassle to get off, I love it!
our tree has been up for a little over a week now. i have a white and gold bead garland on it this year. looks pretty good if i do say so myself.
When I was putting up a tree, it was lights, ornaments, garland then tinsel.
I used the silver garland and with the tinsel the lights seemed to reflect all over the place......
I grew up with tinsel and loved it but can't do that with the cats now.
I'm more of a ribbon and bead gal.
Neither have a small tree 4ft, decorated w/small teddy bears & some fav small ornaments from yrs past, but when I did use one or the other, tinsel was what we did....remember we had icicles always so guess my mother's favorite.
Think w/small trees, either obstructs ornaments, too, Shari.
Hope everyone enjoying getting ready for Christmas,