why do we put tinsel on our christmas tree

When it comes to the correct date to put up your Christmas tree, we re all in disagreement. But one thing we can all agree on, is that decorating our trees is a very exciting part of the festive season. But before we dust off our boxes filled with last year s decorations, we took a look at where tinsel and baubles came from and the reasons for both is quite interesting. Tinsel was created in Europe in the 1600s and while it s thought of as the flimsiest decoration, it was developed by hammering paper-thin silver alloy until it was paper-thin and cut into strips. People then added to trees to reflect the flickering of candle flames. And the thought of that is making us feel all cosy inside! Meanwhile, baubles were created with a more symbolic meaning behind them.


The idea for baubles originated from the Roman tradition to hang fruit from trees. Over time, the tradition transformed into baubles and became a popular practice in the 1800s, when inventor Hans Greiner produced glass ornaments in the shape of fruits and nuts, which, we have to admit, sounds like something we d buy now. No wonder they became so popular
MORE: ( Images: Getty Like this? Subscribe to the Good Housekeeping newsletter. Whatвs the meaning behind putting up Christmas tree? (Picture: AFP/Getty Images) Christmas is nearly upon us and that means the vibrant decorations and Christmas trees are out in our favourite high streets, retailers and offices.


Decorating the Christmas tree can be a long process, not just putting the baubles and tinsel up, but finding them all in the loft or garage first. But when everything has eventually been found в putting up the Christmas tree is a captivating and wonderful experience. Nothing beats that feeling when the switch has been turned on and those lovely, colourful lights brighten the living room. Itвs a Christmas staple that is observed every year without fail, but why exactly are we doing this in the first place? Why do we have Christmas trees? The cities of Tallinn in Estonia and Riga in Latvia both claim to have put up the first Christmas tree in their town squares. This happened in Tallinn in 1441 and Riga in 1510.


Like many Christmas traditions, decorating Christmas trees originated from Pagan traditions. Using theВ green leaves of an evergreen tree to decorate homes during wintertime started as aВ Pagan tradition, designed as a symbol of life amid the dark, cold winter nights. The traditionВ dates back to the Roman times в with them doing so usually around their New Year celebrations. Romans used fir tree branches to decorate their homes and temples at the festival of Saturnalia. It was also believed that evergreen boughs hung over windows and doorways would ward off evil spirits and illness. People in northern Europe did something similar although many placed the branches in boxes for the entirety of winter.


When did Christmas trees start to be decorated? Decoration of trees around the winter festival also goes back to pagan times, but instead of using baubles, ribbons and bows, early Christmas trees would often have been decorated with food. They would decorate the trees with coloured paper, apples, wafers, gold foil and sweets. Over time apples were replaced with glass baubles and candles were added. These candles later evolved into putting up Christmas lights that we are used to seeing today. More: When do we put up trees? The Romans are said to have waited until after noon on Christmas eve to putВ up a tree, but these days most either put a tree up on 1 December or the second Saturday in December. MORE: MORE:

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