December 22: First Christmas Lights Day

Sorry to be so late again guys. Since it’s the weekend and a lot of people are traveling for Christmas, I don’t feel too bad. Still . . . sorry that I’m behind.

Christmas tree lightsThis isn’t really much of a holiday, but it seems December 22 is pretty slim pickings. On this day in 1882, Edward Johnson put electric lights on his Christmas tree. Compared to the chaos of today’s strings (and trying to find out which bulb is burned out), this first time was really intense. Johnson had to hand wire each red, white, and blue light.

It would still be several more years before strands of lights went on sale, and even longer before they replaced candles on the Christmas tree (can you say “fire hazard?”). As you look at your tree, spare a thought for Mr. Johnson, and his meticulously decorated tree.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.

Genesis 1:14-15

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