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Lametta

Lametta is a Christmas decoration found in German homes and in particular on Christmas trees.  Similar to tinsel, it is hung over the branches to simulate icicles.

Originally it was made from a substance called “Stanniol”, which is Tin (Sn) flattened to make it into a foil.

To add weight to the Lametta, lead or even silver were added.  Often this meant that it was used on New Year’s Eve for Bleigie├čen.  However, modern Lametta is often made of plastic.

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