Real reason hats have pom-poms – and it's not just for show

When winter approaches, many of us will put on our woolen hats to make sure we don’t freeze outside.

You may have noticed that a lot of wool hats tend to have pom poms, but did you know that they are not really used for decoration?

According to the Mirror, the real reason for this has recently been revealed.

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Some believe the pompons were worn on clothing from the Viking Age from AD 793 to 1066 before the Magna Carta was written.

The mythological god Freyr was depicted wearing a head covering that himself wore a pompom.

It can be seen on the statuette found in Södermanland, Sweden, in 1904.

In some European countries, bobble hats were also used to define rank.

Clergymen in Rome wore hats called birettas and they wore different colored pompoms to indicate what work they were doing.

Soldiers like those of the Scottish Highland regiments and Napoleon’s infantry also wore wooly pompons on their uniforms.

They not only kept the soldiers warm, but also indicated which regiment the troops belonged to.

A pompom was also useful for sailors as it supposedly protected their heads from low ceilings in tight spaces.

Then, during the Depression, pompoms became mainstream.

Some also believe that celebrities like Michael Nesmith from The Monkees helped popularize the cozy hat.

Nesmith wore it during her TV shows.

So there you have it, the long, storied history of the pompoms on your child’s winter hat.

From Viking ships and mythological gods to religious headgear in Rome and Napoleonic battlefields, the pompon has been all over the world.

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