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    Christmas Lights - How It All Started

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    Learn about the history of Christmas lights.

    So you have got your house all decked out for holidays? Nice work.

    Grab your eggnog and let's discuss how this whole thing about Christmas lights started.

    We'd need to start with Germany in the 17th century.

    Candles were initially used, glued with melted wax to Christmas trees or attached to branches with the help of pins.

    Martin Luther is credited with the idea of placing the first candles on a Christmas tree. He had wanted to show his kids how the stars twinkled at night.

    In the late 1800s, people began utilizing decorated holders to showcase the festive candles, but the practice proved dangerous, surprise surprise, as candles on trees were behind many fires.

    Then came along this chap, Thomas Edison, who you may have heard of.
    He's reported to have come up with the idea of Christmas lights.

    In 1880, he created a strand of electric lights and during the holiday season, he hung those lights outside of his Menlo Park Laboratory.

    Then in 1882, Edward Johnson, who was an associate of Edison wired 80 red, white and blue bulbs together by hand.

    Johnson placed those lights around a rotating Christmas tree in his home in Manhattan.

    Thirteen years later, President Grover Cleveland placed a lighted Christmas tree in the White House.

    People began taking notice and by the year 1900 some stores had put up lighted trees to attract customers. In 1903, General Electric began selling pre-assembled boxes of Christmas lights for families and businesses to use.

    And that eventually led to this.
    So what say you, holiday lights - boo or woohoo?