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The tradition of using lights to celebrate festivals dates back to antiquity. The Romans used different forms of lighting at various festivals and the Egyptians were renown for using various forms of atmospheric lighting in their temples. Lights were often used as ceremonial objects

Christmas Lights Around the World - Candles at Christmas
Candles are used in the religious ceremonies of many different faiths. The lighting effects created by candles were used for for decoration and ambiance. In Christianity a candle is a symbol that represents the light of God or the light of Christ. White Candles represent the liturgical color of Christmas. On Christmas Eve the Christmas wreath has a white candle in the center symbolising purity and joy. It is known as the Christ candle which represents Christ born on Christmas day.

Christmas Lights Around the World - The Tree
The tradition of Christmas lights moved into people's own homes when the custom of Xmas trees was introduced during the Victorian era. Small candles were attached to the branches of the tree providing a magical atmosphere in people's own houses. In 1882 Edward H. Johnson, the vice president of the Edison Electric Light Company, had red, white and blue electric incandescent light bulbs wired to his tree. These electric tree lights were extremely expensive and for this reason were not widely used until the 1930's. The idea of decorating outside trees was adopted in the 1950's. This Xmas tradition grew in popularity. The incandescent light bulbs were supplemented with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and street lighting and the outside of houses began to be decorated with Lights.

Christmas Lights Around the World - Street Lights
The tradition of providing street lighting with a festive theme was made possible by the introduction of weather proof lighting. Towns and cities began to add Xmas street lights to the normal street lights. Some very basic lights as shown below in the photo's of street lights in Streatham, London. Other lights include a variety of images and colors. The most famous lights in the UK are those in Oxford Street and Regent Street. Switching on these lights at the beginning of November is a great event attended by various guest stars. Illuminated Santa's, sleighs and snowmen are now a common sight.

  

Christmas Lights Around the World - House Lights
The availability of weather proof Xmas lights and their relative cheap prices have led to a more recent tradition. People in many parts of the world, especially in the US and the UK, decorate the structure of their houses and their front gardens and yards with an enormous variety of different street lights. People have started adding Christmas lights to their cars and festive lights to public transport buses. What new traditions will be adopted over the next few years in relation to Christmas lights around the world?

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