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Christmas Lights Enlive The Holiday Season

Dec 13, 2007
There is no doubt that the glittering Christmas lights and the colorful holiday decorations that adorn homes, malls and businesses, help to set the tone for the holiday season and get people into a festive mood.

There are some Christmas lights and decorations that have rather interesting histories and traditions, although the majority of people know very little about many of the them. Interestingly, there are a number of traditions that have their origin in different countries and which have become part of the melting pot of cultures in the United States. They have simply become familiar ways that people celebrate the season.

The tradition behind the them and holiday decorations that are so common on Christmas trees today, actually goes back to an old tradition that comes to us from Germany.

It was the Germans who were credited with being the first country to bring evergreen trees into their homes and decorating them, creating the very first Christmas trees. This was back in the era before electricity and so beautiful, tiny tapered candles were carefully placed on the boughs. These became the first version of Christmas lights.

In the latter part of the 1800s, when electricity in homes was becoming more commonplace, the electric lights were introduced to the market. They completely revolutionized how people used Christmas lights and made them part of their holiday decorations traditions.

As a wonderful and meaningful compliment to the lights on the Christmas tree, many times people crown their tree with a tree topper; a star or an angel. These particular ornaments are religious in nature and help to remind the family as to the true meaning of this special day.

The Christmas star atop the tree symbolizes the new star, the star of Bethlehem. It first appeared to announce the birth of Jesus Christ and it guided the wise men on their journey from the east, to find and to worship the newborn baby King. An angel tree topper is a poignant symbol of the angel who visited the shepherds out in the fields, telling them that they could find the baby Jesus in a stable in the town of Bethlehem.

This special day would not be the same without a Nativity scene. Today, miniature and full scale sets are available, with life-like figurines representing the holy family of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, the shepherds, the wise men and common barnyard animals.

These are the elements of the manger scene and depict the Nativity story. These days, many of the Nativity scenes, especially the larger ones that are displayed outside of the home, are a favorite type of Christmas lights, lending a beautiful balance to the often glitzy and over-the-top outdoor lighting displays.

Christmas lights have come a long way since they were first introduced back in the 1800s. Today, the variety of styles, colors and themes of lighting options for the holiday decorating frenzy, is almost mind boggling. There are string lights and icicle lights and rope lights and lighting displays, just to name a very.

Many Christmas lights also have sophisticated, though very compact, control units which is actually a tiny computer. This allows for many programming functions so that a single string of lights can act in many different ways such as flashing, twinkling, chasing and many other display options.
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