The tradition of Christmast lights

Picture21I love Christmas lights. I love stringing them, looking at them, and even hunting for burned out bulbs. It’s all in the spirit of the season! So how did this awesome tradition start, and why is it so popular?
Long, long ago…
Christmas lighting has been around longer than Christmas lights themselves. Christmas had a huge reawakening in the 19th century, when writers like Charles Dickens drew attention to the holiday, and Queen Victoria’s husband brought the German Christmas tree to England.
So what’s a Christmas tree without lights? Back then, Christmas tree lights were actually candles — and many people kept using candles right into the twentieth century. Can you say fire hazard?
Fortunately, it didn’t take long after Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb for someone to string the things together and make the first Christmas tree lights. Unfortunately, hardly anyone knew about it — until the white house decorated their Christmas tree with electric lights in 1895.
It wasn’t until 1903 that the general public could afford Christmas lights, but by 1905 they were in virtually every home. You probably have fond memories of enjoying outdoor Christmas lights as a child, then running home to gather around your brightly lit tree with a big mug of hot chocolate.

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