But, after taking that evening stroll Tootsie Roll asked me, "Just where did this idea of decorating with lights for the holiday originate?" To which I responded, "You got me, Tootsie Roll...let's see what Google has to say!" So, here is what we found out:
1184: The first Yule log was set ablaze in December of that year. The flames represented the hope of a warm, glowing sun after a long, cold winter!
17th Century: Prior to electricity, real candles were used to light up Holiday trees. Pretty, but you could not enjoy it for long before the candles had to be blown out...otherwise the tree would obviously set fire!
1880: Edison had his incandescent bulbs figured out and wanted to really advertise them. Of course he chose the Holiday season! This first ever strand of lights was strung around his Menlo Park lab for all the passers by to see!
1882: Edward Johnson displays the first electrically illuminated Christmas tree in his Manhattan home...it had 80 lights on the strands!