June 2, 2006, Newsletter Issue #18: History of Christmas Tree Decorations

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Using small candles as Christmas tree ornaments dates back to the middle of the 17th century. An assistant of Thomas Edison, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882. Christmas tree lights were first mass produced in 1890.

The problem of wrangling unwieldy strings of lights, tangling and untangling them every season remained unsolved until the invention of the artificial pre lit Christmas trees.

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