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Tinsel is sparkling decorative material that is a common and popular type of Christmas decoration. You will often find thin strips of tinsel, or garlands of tinsel, wrapped around Christmas trees.
Tinsel is supposed to resemble ice or icicles, and the name tinsel apparently comes from the old French word estincele which means "to sparkle".
Tinsel is believed to have been invented in Nuremberg, Germany in 1610. It was originally made from extruded strands of silver.
Because of the expensive of silver, and the fact that silver tarnishes quickly, manufacturers gradually began to use other metals than silver. For a while, lead was the prinicipal material used, but concerns about the risk of exposing children to lead, gradually caused manufacturers to switch to other materials. Today, most tinsel is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) strips coated with a metallic finish.
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