will not appear on Friday, Dec. 22, nor on Monday, Dec. 25 as the ASPPA office will be closed. We’ll be back on Wednesday, Dec. 27. We wish you happy holidays, and offer some little-known facts concerning the holiday season.
- The Christmas tree was adopted in upper-class homes in Germany in the 18th century, where it was occasionally decorated with candles glued with melted wax to a tree branch or attached by pins. Around 1890, candleholders were first used for Christmas candles.
- Early electric Christmas lights were introduced in the 1880s.
- The illuminated Christmas tree became established in the United Kingdom during Queen Victoria's reign. A White House Christmas tree was electrically lit for the first time in 1895, when Grover Cleveland was president.
- Christmas trees displayed publicly and illuminated with electric lights became popular in the early 20th century.
- By the middle of the 20th century, it became customary to display strings of electric lights along streets and on buildings.
- It is believed that the first outdoor public electric light holiday display was organized in 1920 by Fredrick Nash and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce in Altadena, CA, on Santa Rosa Avenue, called Christmas Tree Lane. It has been lit ever since except during World War II.