Although it may be hard to imagine a time when trees, houses, and buildings weren't adorned with lights during the holiday season, the tradition of Christmas lights is a fairly recent one. Learn more about how it got started and how it's evolved.
How It All Got Started
Known as the Father of Electric Christmas Tree Lights, Edward Johnson is credited with starting the tradition in 1882. Johnson, who was vice president of the Edison Electric Light Company at the time, had 80 red, white, and blue electric incandescent light bulbs custom-made for his Christmas tree.
After a Detroit newspaper reported the story, businesses began to follow Johnson's lead and began adorning their windows with white Christmas lights. In 1895, President Grover Cleveland had an electrically lit Christmas tree put up for the first time, which only seemed to increase the already-growing popularity of decorating with Christmas lights.
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