Monday 6 December 2010

Turning on the Christmas lights around the world

O'Connell Street in Dublin, Ireland {French designed}.

Wroclaw, Poland

Ibirapuera Park - Sao Paulo, Brazil

Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan

Puerta Del Sol - Madrid, Spain

Tree design inspired by Japanese cut glass technique, Kiriko

Tree made entirely of Swarovski crystal.

Place Ville Marie

Colosseum of Rome

Beautifully lit HSBC historic bank building Palácio Avenida, Brazil

One of the largest homes in Boston with 250,000 lights. Homeowner Luberto hopes the lights will serve as a reminder to some 47,000 people who drive by his home each day that Christmas should be celebrated in style

The tradition of using small candles to light up the Christmas tree dates back to at least the middle of the XVIIth century. However, it took two centuries for the tradition to become widely established first in Germany and soon spreading to Eastern Europe.

Candles for the tree were glued with melted wax to a tree branch or attached by pins. Around 1890, candleholders were first used for Christmas candles. Between 1902 and 1914, small lanterns and glass balls to hold the candles started to be used.

In 1882, the first Christmas tree was lit by the use of electricity. Edward Johnson lighted up a Christmas tree in New York City with eighty small electric light bulb. It should be noted that Edward Johnson created the first string of electric Christmas lights that were then mass produced around 1890. By 1900, department stores started using the new Christmas lights for their Christmas displays.

Edward Johnson was one of Thomas Edison’s muckers, an inventor who worked under the direction of Edison. Johnson became vice-president of Edison’s electric company.

{Images via amazing data; window blinds}


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