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Tinsel and the Christmas tree.

A popular Christmas tree decoration with an interesting history is tinsel. It originally started as a decoration of real shredded silver in the 1600s used to enhance the flickering of the light from candles, but the smoke from those candles used on the tree caused it to turn black, so instead, they used lead, tin and eventually aluminum-based tinsel. Production of aluminum tinsel stopped because of the first world war and the high demand for copper because it. Lead ended up being phased out in the 1960s because of lead poisoning. Today we mostly use PVC based tinsel to make our trees shine on winter nights.

You can pick up a beautiful real premium Christmas tree to line with tinsel this Christmas season right here at Gardeners Junction!