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Today's Musings, History & Folklore

“Fairy Lights on Winter Nights.”

Have you put up any holiday lights yet? They say you can tell a lot about a person depending on the way they handle tangled Christmas lights. In 1882, Edward Johnson, an inventor in Thomas Edison's lab, came up with an electrifying idea during the season of Christmas as an alternative to the traditional candles on a tree, which though lovely, were a fire hazard. Setting up a tree by the street-side window of his parlor, Johnson hand-wired 80 red, white and blue light bulbs and strung them together around it, and placed the trunk on a revolving pedestal, all powered by a generator. It was an instant sensation. By 1894 President Cleveland put electric lights on the White House tree, and by 1914, and by the 1930s, colored bulbs and cones were everywhere. Today, lights are synchronized to music, projected onto buildings, and are limited only by one's imagination, energy bills, and your neighbor's tolerance. Happy Holidays!🎄

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Many look forward to the seasonal decoration of Christmas lights, whether inside the home on the Christmas tree or outside on the eaves of houses.

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The tradition of lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe. The small candles were attached to the tree branches with pins or melted wax. In addition, European Christians used to display a burning candle in the windows of their house that was visible from the outside. The candles in the window indicated to other Christians that the house was a Christian house and that other Christians were welcome to come worship with the residents.

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During the 1880 Christmas season, Thomas Edison introduced the first outdoor electric Christmas light display to the world. He displayed the lights outside of his laboratory compound, which sat near a railway where many people could see it each night. This was the first official outdoor Christmas display that was separate from decorating just the Christmas tree.

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Edward Johnson, who was an inventor under the supervision of Thomas Edison, created the first string of Christmas lights a couple of years later. The string of lights was made out of 80 small electric light bulbs. In 1890, the strings of lights were mass-produced and department stores began displaying them in Christmas displays in their stores. Public displays of Christmas lights in retail stores and government buildings became more popular in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century and gave way to outdoor displays on homes a few decades later when the electric lights became more affordable.

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In 1895, the first White House electrically lit Christmas tree was sponsored by President Grover Cleveland, which brought national attention to the trend. 

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Today some enterprising people synchronize major light displays to music, either automatically or digital piano played live.

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And some people have projected tartan displays on larger structures for all to enjoy.

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To hear and see a lovely 500,500 light acoustic version of the carol "I Saw Three Ships" set to lights by the Piano Guys, click the tartan farm created in 2014 by Created by street artists TrenchOne, Elph and Purshonem, using a giant projection on a group of buildings near Edinburgh.

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