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Little Known Facts About Christmas Decorations

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Christmas is a time for decorating your home and your neighborhood and bringing a sense of joy and warmth to your family and others.

From tinsel to trees, ribbons to wreaths, and ornaments to gingerbread men, the holiday season is full of colorful Christmas related décor.

There are some interesting facts about some common Christmas decorations you may not know.

For example, the shiny ribbons of silver we put on our tree called tinsel originated from Germany in the early 1600s. The first real tinsel was actually made from real silver and cut into very thin strips.

Machines were used to cut the sheets of silver, and then the resulting strips were hung on the tree. Of course, the newer version does not turn colors due to rust or tarnish, is much lighter, and much less expensive.

You may enjoy buying a new, fresh live Christmas tree each year, but some people prefer to buy an artificial Christmas tree. These "fake Christmas trees" also came from Germany. They used to be constructed of metal wires with goose or other birds' feathers attaches to represent the branches.

At one point, these trees were made of brushes, much like toilet brushes, until finally in the 1950s, artificial trees started to be manufactured that looked much more realistic. These were manufactured in America and have remained a popular décor
item to this day.

During the snowy winter months, you probably see snowmen all over the neighborhood. It may be surprising to learn that the first snowman known as Arktos came from Greek legend. Ever since then, the snowman has become the thing of legend.

Some of the most popular nicknames for snowmen include Jack Frost and Frosty the Snowman. People love to build these frozen men in their front yards and top them off with a hat, scarf, carrot nose, and eyes made of coal. They are a comforting and friendly sight throughout the Holiday and winter seasons.

In the 1830s, an Englishman by the name of John Calcott Horsley began sending beautiful photos and cards as a way to express holiday cheer for others. This is when the Christmas card was born. Today, it is one of the most common ways to celebrate the holiday and to share your love for others during the season.

Most of the Christmas props and decorations we use today have a long and storied history that many people may not know about. It is fun and sometimes amazing to see where these traditions came from and how much they have evolved over the years since they first began....

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Lyrics for 53 Beloved
Christmas Songs!

FREE EBOOK - 50 Well-Loved Christmas Songs

Right-Click HERE and choose "Save
Target As"
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Then you can open the ebook file
from your own computer, print it
out (or only print certain selected
favorites) and enjoy singing
Christmas Carols this year with
family and friends!
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NOTE that if you try printing without first
saving to your computer, it may not work.
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