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why do we put tinsel on christmas trees

Tinsel was invented in around 1610. Tinsel was originally made from strands of. Because silver
quickly, other shiny metals were substituted. Before the 16th century, tinsel was used for adorning rather than Christmas trees. It was added to to enhance the flickering of the candles on the tree. Tinsel was used to represent the starry sky over a Nativity scene. [ By the early 20th century, manufacturing advances allowed cheap aluminium-based tinsel, and until, was the world leader in its manufacture. Production was curtailed during the First World War as a result of wartime demand for.

During the 1950s, tinsel and tinsel garlands were so popular that they frequently were used more than Christmas lights, as tinsel was much less of a fire hazard than lights were for the then-popular, which were made from flammable aluminized paper. [ was a popular material for tinsel manufacture for several decades of the 20th century. Unlike silver, lead tinsel did not tarnish, so it retained its shine. However, use of lead tinsel was phased out after the 1960s due to concern that it exposed children to a risk of. In the, the (FDA) concluded in August 1971 that lead tinsel caused an unnecessary risk to, and convinced manufacturers and importers to voluntarily stop producing or importing lead tinsel after January 1, 1972.

The FDA did not actually ban the product because the agency did not have the evidence needed to declare lead tinsel a "health. " Modern tinsel is typically made from (PVC) film coated with a metallic finish. Coated film also has been used. These plastic forms of tinsel do not hang as well as tinsel made from heavy metals such as silver and lead. 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.

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