A Curious Christmas

A look at iconic festive inventions

A Curious Christmas

Every person at TTP has a passion for technology and a desire to solve difficult problems. Together, we invent, design and engineer new technologies and products that have lasting global impact. This festive period it seemed only fitting that we explore the iconic inventions of Christmas. Some you may already know, others you may not, all are ingenious in their own right.

Christmas Lights

People first put lights on their trees in the 17th century by attaching small candles to the branches.

People didn’t put up their lights until Christmas Eve due to the risk of fire. The first electric Christmas lights developed by Edward Johnson extended their life.

Take a look at what lights our fire or get in touch if you are curious about us.

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Wrapping Christmas presents didn’t become popular until the 1920s.

This was when printing technology improved and paper could be coloured, decorated and folded in mass volumes. Hallmark entered the market in 1917, selling large pieces of wrapping paper for $0.10 a sheet.

Find out about our work in printing

Adhesive Tape

In 1923, inventor Richard Drew developed adhesive tape.

The first prototype had adhesive on the sides but not down the middle, and when it fell off during testing he was told “Take this tape back to those Scotch bosses of yours and tell them to put more adhesive on it!”

Take a look at TTP's approach to industrial innovation


Tinsel appeared in Germany around 1610, and began as thin strips of material extruded from real silver.

By the 1950s silver was replaced and production increased. A leading manufacturer of tinsel has made enough tinsel to reach the Moon and back (about 1.6 billion strands).

Find out how TTP makes the difference for our clients.

Artificial Christmas Trees

Towards the end of the 1800s, artificial Christmas trees appeared in Germany.

Metal wire trees were covered with goose, turkey, ostrich or swan feathers. The feathers were often dyed green to imitate pine needles. Today the debate about whether they are 'greener' than real trees continues...

The theme of sustainability echoes through many of our projects.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer wasn’t part of Santa’s original sleigh-driving team.

He was invented in 1939 by a Montgomery Ward copywriter Robert May who was tasked with creating a Christmas story for the store. After considering names like Rollo and Reginald, May finally settled on Rudolph.

We don't have a Rudolph yet - take a look to see what it would take to join us

Candy Canes

From handmade to machine-made by Robert I. Strongin.

He received the patent ‘machine which will receive the heated and elongated sticks of candy material from which the canes are produced and which will first cut the same and uniform lengths and then produce the desired bend.’

Read about the disruptive technology we have helped to create.

Christmas Cards

When first designed, Christmas cards were too pricey for ordinary Victorians.

As we became more industrialised, colour print technology quickly became more advanced, causing the price of card production to drop significantly so that cards became much more accessible.

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