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"Tinsel" on the Tree


So . . . I've always wondered . . . what ever happened to "tinsel" on the tree???


Well . . . let's start from the beginning . . .


As we know . . . the Christmas tree being 'triangular" in shape . . . became the symbol of representing "trinity" . . . and from this . . . came the idea that the Christmas "tree" should be a symbol of "Christ" . . . and new life.


Yesterday . . . we spoke about Martin Luther seeing the stars twinkling through the trees and how it reminded him of Jesus . . . who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas.


Well . . . the idea of "tinsel" dates back to 1610 . . . to a place in Germany called Nuremberg.

They would put real candles in their Christmas tree to light the room like stars in the sky.


Then . . . they would use thin strands of real silver in these trees to reflect the candlelight . . . which would "mimic" the effect of "ice" hanging from the tree.


But . . . then in August of 1971 . . . manufacturers switched the production of "tinsel" to "lead foil" for tarnish-proof sparkle and weight.


BUT . . . November of 1972 . . . just 15 months later . . . the month before Christmas . . . the FDA deemed "tinsel" an "unnecessary" risk to children with symptoms of lead poisoning.


So . . . that's why the "tinsel" we grew up with . . . is no longer.


Now today . . . if you can find it . . . "tinsel" is made from a material called "polyvinyl chloride" or PVC for short.


This PVC is given a special treatment to make it nice and shiny . . . before it is shaped into bands . . . which can be used on a tinsel machine.

So back in the 70's . . . it wasn't that "tinsel" went out of style . . . but rather . . . it became a health hazard.


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