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National Christmas Lights Day 2022: History, Activities

Folks, it’s time to decorate the house for National Christmas Lights Day on December 1! Prior to the development of electric lighting, households would place candles on the branches of their Christmas trees. This dangerous custom inevitably resulted in a number of house fires. Thomas Edison created the first electric Christmas lights in 1880 and immediately put them up all over the outside of his Menlo Park laboratory. However, it took a few more decades for the idea to become popular because people didn’t trust electricity at first. It wasn’t until General Electric started selling pre-assembled kits of Christmas lights in 1903 that electric lights started to gain popularity among people from all socioeconomic classes. Electric lighting is now a standard component of the winter holiday season, not just for Christmas. Let’s put up our lights and celebrate as we prepare for the end of the year; after all, ’tis the season.

When is National Christmas Lights Day 

People all across the world (particularly Christians) drive around their neighborhoods on this amusing holiday, December 1, to buy new Christmas lights, which they subsequently use to deck the halls, decorate trees, and brighten up structures.

National Christmas Lights Day History

Christmas lighting was first used on December 22, 1882, when Edward H. Johnson, a close friend of Thomas Edison (an American scientist who created the first usable incandescent light bulb), lit up his tree at his New York City residence with 80 incandescent lamps.
Before this, people lit their Christmas trees with candles. Their dangerous practice of balancing candles on the branches of their Christmas trees resulted in multiple house fires.
Even though Thomas Edison utilized Christmas lights for the first time in 1882, it was several years before electric lights were widely used as the primary means of Christmas tree illumination.

The electrified Christmas tree was first utilized in the American White House in 1895. Electric Christmas trees started to appear in prominent public places by the middle of the 20th century, but even then, this wasn’t done on a big scale because most people couldn’t afford electric Christmas trees or Christmas lights.
The 1960s saw the rise in popularity of Christmas lights among people of all socioeconomic classes, the large-scale manufacture of Christmas lights, the appearance of electric Christmas trees on streets and in public places, and the large-scale exterior decorating of homes by their owners.

National Christmas Lights Day Activities

Walk under a holiday light display.

Put on your winter gear and go for a stroll in your neighborhood to admire the lights. Or, if there’s a location in your hometown that’s well-known for its extravagant light shows, go there to see them. It’s a fantastic way to stay active, engage with your neighborhood, and simply take in the beauty of winter.

Work with your neighbors to plan

You can work together on a particular design if you want to put on a huge show with your neighbors. This is a great way to use your creativity while having fun with your neighbors, whether it’s a recurring motif or a lengthy scene. And as an added bonus, you might become famous due to a bystander with a smartphone.

Lights and music should be set.

Although it was popular a few years ago, we still believe that this is a traditional Christmas craft. You can set your lights to flash to the beat of your favorite song if you have the knowledge or know someone who does.


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