The holiday season is upon us, and one staple of most decorating must haves is… Christmas lights! Then again, if you think about it, these lovely strands of illumination are not just for the holidays anymore. I have seen them used in some real interesting ways over the years. From lighting up the outside of an RV, to these wonderful DIY bottles full of light over at Design Mom. Not only a great Christmas decoration, but I also see it as a nice romantic lighting display.
Thomas Edison is credited with a lot of creativity and he also made the first strand of Christmas lights. He strung them around his laboratory in 1880. It was not until 1882 when Edison’s partner, Edward Johnson strung lights around a Christmas tree that the tradition was in the making. It took some time before indoor holiday lighting became a trusted decorating idea, but a big thanks goes to President Grover Cleveland who requested electric lighting for the family tree in 1895. Lighting a Christmas tree was a pretty expensive back in those days, but by the 1960s, a larger part of the population was able to afford this wondrous strand of lighting for their tree.
Christmas lights are so common now, we just dont think what a wonderful thing it was to those first to use these magnificent strands of lighted pearls. Holiday decorating has changed to include colorful strands of incandescent lights, and there has been an increase of interest in LED lights. With the widespread availability of the internet now, it is easy to shop online for Christmas lights! It is so simple and quick to find wreaths, garland, yard decor, pre-lighted trees, light nets, light ropes, and light strings of all kinds, PLUS you can have them shipped right to your door!
Decorating tips abound on the internet and like I said before, it is not just for Christmas. Take this idea I found over at PR Sara Hevans!, light strands can be used for so much more.
So my dear readers… What ways have you used your holiday lighting? Are you just a Christmas tree decorator, or do you go all out on your home?