Kendall Jenner's Christmas tree revives a controversial retro tradition with lighthearted undertones

The model's decorations follow the 'same theme' as 'every year' – starting with her 'carefree' Christmas tree

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Kendall Jenner's Mediterranean-style home is dressed for the holidays, and her decorations stay true to her pared-back style – with one exception. 

While the majority of her space follows a natural, organic aesthetic (to complement her neutral furnishings), Kendall's Christmas tree resuscitates a retro decorating technique no stranger to controversy: tinsel. 

The model's home may seem like the last place where we might expect to see this vintage quirk, especially considering the overwhelmingly modern style exhibited around her living space. However, this hasn't stopped Kendall from adorning her tree with an abundance of gold tinsel – a look that follows the 'same theme' as every Christmas prior. 

'The theme is the same as it is every year – Christmas cheer,' she told Poosh. 'All of the Christmas dolls next to the tree are from my mom and grandmother.'

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Tinsel, arguably the most controversial of all Christmas decorations, knows how to divide opinion. In the 1950s, tinsel was so popular that it was used more than Christmas lights (because they were seen as less of a fire hazard). However, as lights have become safer, tinsel's popularity has wavered. 

Of 500 people surveyed by YouGov, a quarter (25 percent) admitted they had negative or very negative feelings towards tinsel despite it still making Christmas trends. But if anyone can convince us otherwise, it's Kendall's tasteful twist on the vintage feature (especially since it's already won over some decorating experts).

'An inexpensive but festive classic, tinsel can often be found all over the home to bring that extra sparkle,' comments Woods Furniture's Charlie English.

According to Charlie, tinsel omits a 'fun and carefree' energy that looks lighthearted on our Christmas tree and mantel. However, it has its place in the dining room, too. 

'For those who decide that tinsel will make its way from the tree to the dinner table and around the chairs ahead of Christmas dinner, you’re probably in for fun festivities. Your family decided they don’t want to conform to contemporary traditions as more is always more, and this is the best time of year to let your hair down.'

Do we need no more convincing? We're picking up some Kendall-style gold tinsel and other last-minute Christmas decor inspired by her Los Angeles abode below.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.