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Christmas Lights and Decorations
our selection of Christmas Lights and Decorations.
do we love to “deck the halls with boughs of holly”?
People have participated in symbolic celebrations since the dawn
of time. In Western cultures today, one of the most popular holidays
that we associate with specific traditions, decorations, shapes,
colors, and songs is Christmas. There’s no way you can miss
the month of December, or forget that the holiday season is soon
approaching, with all of the Christmas lights and decorations that
flood the streets at this most wonderful time of the year!
While some people “go all out” and others chose the
simpler route, everyone possesses a little piece of festivity during
the holidays. Whether it is a candy cane, blow up Santa, manger
scene, Christmas tree, or string of Christmas lights! And there
is a piece of history associated with each and every one of our
holiday traditions and Christmas lights and decorations. Here is
a compilation of some festive symbolism:
It is said that during the 7th century, an evangelistic monk traveled
to Germany to spread God’s word. He offered a tree to the
first village he came to, explaining that its triangular shape represented
God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. This first “Christmas
tree” was decorated with small, white candles.
In 1610, people began to add tinsel (originally made of pure silver!)
to the traditional decoration. When the concept of Christmas trees
spread to England, they began to decorate it with glass beads and
By the 1800’s, America was introduced to this festive custom.
However, it wasn’t until the years after WWII that that real
lighted Christmas trees, by then either with candles or electricity,
developed into a universal tradition in the United States.
The poinsettia plant was first considered a symbol for Christmas
in Mexico, then the idea spread. The story goes that a young boy
was on the way to the church on Christmas day, and he wanted to
give a gift to Christ. When he saw a poinsettia growing on the side
of the road, he picked it and brought it to the chapel. Immediately
the flower began to grow and sprout other beautiful flowers all
across the floor. Today, poinsettias are sold in the markets and
stores of many countries when December comes around.
Even before electricity, Christmas was associated with light and
guidance, and thus candles were a popular way to decorate during
the holidays. There were holders designed specifically to cling
to the branches of a Christmas tree, and for a few precious minutes,
the family or town Christmas tree could be lit up with many little
flames of hope.
Today’s electric lights stem from Edward Johnson’s
1882 Christmas tree. He was a colleague of Thomas Edison, and decided
to put this wonderful invention to use for festive purposes. After
his small rotating tree lit up by red, white, and blue electric
bulbs, the idea began to develop into what we have today.
At one point in time, all ornaments had to be crafted with glass,
or otherwise made from edible objects. Europeans originally marketed
glass ornaments to be hung on a Christmas tree or wreath. Christmas
trees were strung with cranberries, popcorn, or gingerbread during
the pioneer days of our culture, when material possessions were
an encumbrance. With the invention of injection mold plastics in
America, more affordable and durable ornaments became available.
A German choir director used to give straight, mint sticks to his
students when they behaved well. Sometime during its development
as a Christmas tradition, the candy cane took a curve—and
was thereafter shaped like a shepard’s staff, representing
the guidance of Christ over his flock.
Operated Outdoor Christmas Lights
When it comes to decking the halls with boughs of holly, Americans
have extended traditional decoration to the outside of homes, business
buildings and storefronts.
Outdoor Christmas Lights
Choosing the best outdoor Christmas lights for your home has a lot
to do with the shape and appearance of the lot itself.
There is no end to the variety of ways you can prepare for the holidays.
Perhaps the most fun part of the Christmas season is all of the