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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

When Christmas lights became a thing

This year’s mild fall and the improvement of outdoor decorative lights has made the sparkly trip home almost too distracting. However on these dark days, I’m talking literally dark with December having the least amount of daylight, the bright lights can feel promising.

The custom of Christmas Lights goes back to the use of candles decorating the Christmas trees in early modern Germany. The idea of using lights is blend of the traditions from the people that celebrated Winter solstice by lighting candles to encourage the light to return after the cold, dark winter and the Christmas tradition of lights representing the Star of Bethlehem.

Thomas Edison brought us the first electric Christmas light display in 1880. In 1900, the first known advertisement for Christmas tree lights appeared in Scientific American Magazine. Decorating outdoor trees with electric lights became popular in the early 20th century followed by, strings of electric lights along streets and on buildings by the mid-20th century. In the United States, it became popular tradition to outline private homes with lights beginning in the 1960s.

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