Christmas lighting dates back to the 1800s! The first public Christmas tree appeared in the White House way back in 1895. This even was instrumental in gaining public awareness of the Christmas tree tradition. In the early 1900s, the first light sets were sold to the general public, and the lights gradually evolved throughout the early 1900s. General Electric Company was one of the pioneers of the early Christmas light displays.
Between the 1930s and 1950s, lighted figurine sets were very popular in American society. Including these figurines in your light display this year would add a nostalgic feel to your display. There were figurines developed for virtually all of the Christmas symbols, starting with Santa Claus and going all the way to Nativity scenes.
As time passed, more and more varieties of light displays were developed. In the mid 1940s, the famous Bubble lights were first developed. In the mid 1950s, twinkling lights first appeared in the market place. General Electric continued developing new light sets, but they had a lot of competition from foreign companies.
By the 1970s, most Americans purchased all of their lights sets from foreign companies. It was the end of the era for American companies, but Vintage Christmas lights are still popular today!