Friday, November 22, 2013

Christmas Lights in America!

working the lights in the jar 
Some say the American Christmas light tradition began from the medieval tradition of Yule. Yule is a tradition believed to have been started in Germany wherein people will celebrate the winter solstice and the short dark days of winter by burning the "Yule Log." 

The electric light bulb had been invented and Thomas Edison and his partner Edward Johnson introduced the first electric Christmas lights to the public in 1882.

Today it is estimated that more than 150 million light sets are sold in America each year with more than 80 million homes decorated with holiday lights. 

lights in a glass jar

Our local and national holiday displays and Christmas trees provide a forum for community gathering and socialization. 

To define the significance or meaning of the American tradition of decorating for the winter holidays regardless if we call them Christmas lights, holiday lights, ferry lights, twinkle lights or any other term this great tradition which as evolved over thousands of years, across multiple cultures, nationalities, and religions has a meaning and significance that is much more complex than a single word. - 

I bought my first strand of lights this year...usually, for me, these would be hung outdoors on the eaves of the house or on an evergreen tree. However, I have had a large mead making bottle & thought how nice it would be to have lights year round. I found a reasonable way to do that. Easy to do, find a pretty jar or bottle with an opening large enough to fit the end plug though. gently work the strand into the jar. I kept the light on while doing this in case I messed on up I knew which one. ha! but alls well. The pictures don't do it justice, it looks pretty. 

Next-lights outside :)

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