why do we have tinsel at christmas

We decorate our house and trees with tinsel every Christmas, but why? And where did tinsel originate from? Check out the facts on tinsel! Tinsel was first used in Germany in 1610 however it wasn t the shiny plastic stuff we get these days; it was made from shredded silver. At first the silver was hammered so that it was thin, and then cut into thin strips, a few years later machines were invented for this purpose. The inventor of tinsel remains unknown. Tinsel is mainly used to decorate ; it can also be hung from ceilings or walls. Tinsel is usually flexible which makes it easy to wrap around anything such as posts, picture frames or ornaments.


It is often held up by using pins or blue tack. The smoke from the Christmas candles caused the tinsel to turn into a black colour on one side, which didn t look very attractive, so experiments were made and tinsel was then made with tin and lead, which they hoped would preserve its shininess, however this mixture made the tinsel heavy and it broke apart easily, which wasn t much use for decorating your tree with. Tinsel is thought to have made its first public appearance in England in 1846.


Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were illustrated in the Illustrated London News, standing with their children around a Christmas tree decorated with tinsel, candles, and small bead ornaments. Because of Queen Victoria s popularity, the Royal family s decorated tree became the height of fashion sweeping through both the British and East Coast American Societies. According to the Oxford Dictionary; the word tinsel comes from an Old French word estincele, which means sparkle. This shiny decorative material is a great toy to your pets, especially for playful pets such as
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A Long time ago, a mother was cleaning the house for the most wonderful day of the year, Christmas day, the day on which the Christ child came to bless the house. Not a speck of dust was left anywhere. The little spiders had been banished from their corner on the ceiling. To avoid the busy cleaning, they had fled to the corner of the forgotten attic. Finally, it was Christmas Eve.


The tree was decorated and the children delighted. The poor spiders were frantic, for they could not see the tree, nor be present for the Christ child s visit. The oldest and wisest spider suggested they wait until everyone went to bed and then sneak to see the wonders of the tree. When all was quiet, they silently sneaked into the room. The tree was so high that they couldn t see the ornaments on top. They scurried up the trunk, out along each branch filled with wonder at the glittering beauty. The spiders loved the Christmas tree.


All night long, they danced in the branches and every place they went, they left a trail of dusty, gray web. When the Christ child came to bless the house he was dismayed. He loved the little spiders, but he knew the mother, who had trimmed the tree for the little children, wouldn t feel the same. He touched the webs and they all turned to sparkling, shimmering, silver and gold! Since that time, we have hung tinsel on our Christmas trees and according to the legend, it is custom to include a spider among the decorations on the tree.