However, using candles on trees wasn’t ideal: The candles had to be placed and secured very carefully to avoid accidentally making the tree catch on fire! So in the late 1800s, shortly after Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, one of Edison’s employees came up with the idea of making small electrical lights for use on Christmas trees, which would be much safer than the candles!
Today, people still decorate their trees and homes with Christmas lights! For some people, it’s a symbol of the starry sky in the story of Christmas on the night Jesus was born; it’s also become a tradition and something many people think is pretty!
In addition to being a nice symbol of the starry sky and a pretty way to decorate the home, lots of people also like putting lights on the Christmas tree or on the outside of their home because it’s a big Family Project and makes great time to spend together!
What are some of your other favorite ways to spend time with your family during the holidays? Do you like to help out with the cooking or the baking? Do you make ornaments together, or wrap presents with each other? What are some special ways to spend time with your family during the rest of the year?
Sources & links
DeRusha, Jason. “Good Question: Why Do We Use Christmas Lights?” Good Question. 26 Dec. 2008. WCCO CBS Local. 08 Nov. 2010 “Christmas lights.” All Things Christmas. 08 Nov. 2010 “History of Christmas Trees.” 2010. The History Channel website. 8 Nov. 2010.