Vintage Christmas lights

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2015-06-26 10:31:30

Vintage Christmas lights are collectible lights used to decorate the Christmas tree and house from years’ past. The desire for vintage Christmas lights among collectors is often associated with nostalgia for the 1950s and 1960s, particularly in the US.

Vintage Christmas lights can take many forms, including:

  • Candoliers for mantelpieces and windows

  • Bauble lights

  • String lights

History

Christmas tree lighting dates back to Germany in the 17th century when candles were used to illuminate ornaments.

Electric lighting for Christmas trees was first introduced in 1882 by an assistant to Thomas Edison, Edward Johnson.

Strings of safety lights emerged in 1917, sparking a boom in popularity for lighting Christmas trees, which continues to this day.

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