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Christmas lights to some are a way of looking at and showing spirit towards the holiday season Throughout the world people from different ethnic groups each have a way of showing their Christmas character Americans have lighted their houses and towns by using a practical invention where as English settlers during the 1800s used candles and ribbons to amplify their beliefs Today Christmas lights are seen as a necessity but long ago they were rare and expensive Christmas lights were not always something seen around during this time of celebration In 1879 Thomas Edison an American created a type of electrical current which heated lit homes and provided better living conditions One of Edisons businesses associates names Edward Johnson took the idea of a light bulb and created a safe and shimmering evergreen Johnson hand wired 80 red white and blue bulbs and wound them around a rotating tree At this time this was nothing remarkable to the public Attempts from President Cleveland allowed the public to take a notice by lighting the White House Christmas tree in 1895 started public awareness Albert Sadacca who was influenced by a tragic fire in 1917 helped popularize Christmas tree lighting Disappointingly the attempts only sold a hundred strings in the first year After Albert thought of painting the bulbs red green and other colors instead of plain glass business picked up sharply Henri Sadacca This acceleration led to a multi million-dollar company called NOMA patented by General Electric in 1901 When sold the outfit included miniature base Edison carbon filament lamps with prominent exhaust tips at the top of the glass envelopes and a socket string This package was first called a mazda after the Persian female Ahura Mazda In mythology she was the god of light Between the early and middle nineteenth century significant changes helped the complex string of Christmas lights make a lasting legacy and fashionable statement Because carbon was very flammable
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