Since their inception, Christmas lights have become one of the most enduring and loved yuletide traditions. There’s just something to hanging them up for all to see that calls to the merriment of the season, friendly neighborhood one-upmanship, or both. Regardless of your reason, there are plenty of ways to obtain and install custom Christmas lights in Scottsdale, AZ.
Before you make a call to your local Christmas light installation pros at The Christmas Company, though, read further for a quick and interesting history about the evolution of this Yuletide staple.
The origins of Christmas trees date as far back as Ancient Egypt and China, in which evergreens were used to celebrate eternal life; however, the roots of modern Christmas lights are credited to 17th century Germany. During that time, people attached miniature wax candles on Christmas trees via melted wax and pins. This custom eventually spread beyond Germany to Eastern Europe.
Upon adopting this tradition, many Eastern European Christians developed others from it. One such familiar tradition was for Christians to place a burning candle by their windows, which indicated to other Christians that their home was a welcome house of worship.
In 1879, Thomas Edison illuminated the world with the first electric light bulb for practical home use. Three years after Edison’s achievement, Edward H. Johnson, a frequent business associate of his, decided to bring his partner’s innovation into the Christmas festivities. On December 22, 1882, Johnson displayed a stunning Christmas tree, complete with 80 red, white, and blue electric light bulbs, in the window of his New York home.
In the decades that followed their inaugural exhibition, Christmas tree lights rose in popularity. Government and department buildings across the country prominently featured them. And in 1895, their demand skyrocketed after President Grover Cleveland’s sponsorship of the first White House electrically-lit Christmas tree. However, upon their introduction to the marketplace in the early 1900’s, the lights were reserved for the wealthy due to their incredibly high prices.
In 1925, Albert, Henri, and Leon Sadacca formed the National Outfit Manufacturer’s Association (NOMA), a trade association that consisted of 15 companies in the Christmas light market. It was created with the intent to provide safer Christmas lights following a devastating New York fire caused by Christmas candles. The companies eventually merged into the NOMA electric company, which experienced immense success and became the largest Christmas light distributor in the United States. However, due to increasing competition in the 1960’s, the company closed its doors.
Even though the NOMA electric company ultimately lost business, its effects were immense. Because of its aggressive marketing and competition, the prices for Christmas lights lowered enough to become available for the average American household. In the 1940’s and 50’s, people could decorate their entire homes to mimic the amazing displays they saw in department stores.