Sunday, December 10, 2006

10th Day of Christmas - Outdoor Lights

The first lighbulbs on a tree were done by Edward Johnson, just three years after Thomas Edison patented his lightbulb invention. Mr Johnson's tree rotated six times a minute thanks to a simple electric motor hidden under the floor. The tree included eighty lights in painted glass bulbs and alternated colors with each turn. The colors were red, white & blue.

Fast forward thirteen years to the White House during Grover Cleveland's presidency, when he flipped the switch on a huge tree. After that department stores began decorating the outside of their stores with colored lights to attract customers.

After WWII, American families were able to afford colored lights for their roofs and entire neighborhoods started lighting up the night sky during the Christmas season.
As Christians we are to do all year round what these lights do at Christmas time. We are to pierce the darkness with our light which is powered by Jesus!

"You are the light of the world-like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." (Matthew 5:14, 16)

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