There is no denying it. There are pictures to prove it. Our first Christmas in our new house in the North Valley in 1966, my mom put up a flocked Christmas tree with coordinating green and blue glass balls.
I remember going to Rowland's Nursery on Rio Grande Blvd. near Old Town with my mom and walking around every tree in the lot to make sure we got the perfect specimen. When my mom finally found 'the one', she would tell George who worked there - flock it, charge it and deliver it.
The following year we had another flocked tree, but this time with very special ornaments. The tree had real red chiles tied on with red bows. Then my mom gave my sister and me popsicle sticks and yarn and we made Ojos de Dios ornaments in every color imaginable. We were so proud of our handiwork!
Our trees eventually became what I call menagerie trees, decorated with ornaments that were made in school, mixed with the fancy crystal and glass ornaments my dad used to special order. I remember putting long silver tinsel on our trees too. We had to put the strands one at a time. This would get pretty tedious and when no one was looking, I would throw it in clumps on the tree.
My mom has since reverted back to the themed tree...Santa Claus ornaments. No more Ojos de Dios, no more chiles, no more tinsel. And certainly no flocking.