Tuesday Dec. 22, 2020’s Smile of the Day: Christmas Tree Lights

On this Day:

The first string of electric Christmas Tree Lights were turned on.

The first known electrically illuminated Christmas tree was the creation of Edward H. Johnson, an associate of inventor Thomas Edison. While he was vice president of the Edison Electric Light Company, a predecessor of today’s Con Edison electric utility, he had Christmas tree light bulbs especially made for him. He proudly displayed his Christmas tree, which was hand-wired with 80 red, white and blue electric incandescent light bulbs the size of walnuts, on December 22, 1882 at his home on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Local newspapers ignored the story, seeing it as a publicity stunt. However, it was published by a Detroit newspaper reporter, and Johnson has become widely regarded as the Father of Electric Christmas Tree Lights. By 1900, businesses started stringing up Christmas lights behind their windows. Christmas lights were too expensive for the average person; as such, electric Christmas lights did not become the majority replacement for candles until 1930 (per Wikipedia).

First, a Story:

What is a Christmas tree’s favourite candy? Orna-mints!

Second, a Song:

Here is something that you won’t typically see on a North American Christmas show. But the dancing, choreography and videography are amazing!  Here is the Dreams House Dance Academy from Albania doing a Bollywood style dance “Christmas Tree”. I just love the smiles on the kids as they perform.  I hope you enjoy this!


Thought for the Day:

“I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.” – Ashley Tisdale

Have a great day!

© 2020 David J. Bilinsky and Colleen E. Bilinsky

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