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One would think that Christmas lights have actually been around for as long as Christmas itself. Can any of you think of Christmas without lights? How would the kids find their method the dark, so early on Christmas morning without them? The history of Christmas lights is intricately tied to the dawn of the modern age, when homes started to be supplied with electrical power.

 

As you are most likely aware, Thomas Edison invented the first working light bulb back in 1879. A couple of years later on, in 1882, an associate of his very first employed making use of lights on his Christmas tree. Edward Johnson was the first to electrically light his family Christmas tree in his New York house. His house lay in among the very first areas of the city to be wired for electrical power.

 

A visiting reporter from Detroit reported the following in “The Detroit Post and Tribune”: “Last night I strolled over beyond Fifth Avenue and called at the home of Edward H. Johnson, vice-president of Edison’s electric company. There, at the rear of the stunning parlors, was a huge Christmas tree providing a most extraordinary and picturesque aspect. It was brilliantly lighted with numerous colored worlds about as huge as an English walnut and was turning some 6 times a minute on a little pine box. There were eighty lights in all encased in these dainty glass eggs, and about similarly divided in between white, red and blue. As the tree turned and the colors alternated, all the lights heading out and being relit at every revolution. The outcome was a continuous twinkling of dancing colors, red, white, blue, white, red, blue– all night.”.

 

In 1890, Edison published a marketing pamphlet which may have been the very first mention of commercially available electrically powered Christmas lights. It specified that “There are few forms of design more stunning and pleasing than miniature incandescent lights put among flowers, or interwoven in festoons or garlands; for decorating Christmas trees or conservatories …”.

 

From there, the appeal of Christmas lights exploded. Before long, every family had them and they became associated with the Christmas tree. It’s tough to think of Christmas without Christmas lights. I tip my fuzzy red cap to you, Mr. Edison. You have actually provided all of us a present we will constantly cherish!

 

One would believe that Christmas lights have actually been around for as long as Christmas itself. A few years later on, in 1882, an associate of his first employed the usage of lights on his Christmas tree. Edward Johnson was the very first to electrically light his family Christmas tree in his New York house. It’s tough to think of Christmas without Christmas lights.