Where Did the Tradition of Putting Lights On Christmas Trees Come From and Who Started the Custom?

In the sixteenth century, Germans began decorating fir trees with ribbons, flowers, apples, and colored paper.

Inspired by the reflection of stars off branches in the forest, Martin Luther placed lit candles on his indoor tree.

After three hundred years of candles, Edward Johnson introduced electric Christmas lights outside his Fifth Avenue home in New York in 1882.

Johnson also worked on the invention of the light bulb with Thomas Edison.

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