Christmas is a festive time to relax, spend time with family and friends, and prepare the mesmerizing decorations!
Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition in the 16th century when people brought decorated trees into their homes. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he placed a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.
Like so many things electrical, the history of electric Christmas lights begins with Thomas Edison. During the Christmas season of 1880, Edison, who had invented the incandescent bulb the previous year, hung strings of electric lights outside his laboratory. It doesn't appear that Edison intended the lights to be associated with Christmas. Later, Edison’s close friend Edward Johnson transplanted the outdoor lights onto the Christmas tree to replace the dangerous candles. Johnson invited newspapers to report on his new creation. His Christmas tree lights became famous, and soon spread across America as electricity became widely available.
Around 1610, tinsel was first invented in Germany made from genuine silver. Machines were invented that shredded silver into thin tinsel-sized strips. Silver tinsel tarnishes and loses its shine with time, eventually, artificial replacements were invented. The original inventor of tinsel remains unknown.
Knitted sweaters have been around a very long time, however, there is one certain type of sweater that delights the westerners during the holiday season. With lots of red and green colors, and reindeer, Santa, and snowman decorations, the Christmas sweater is both loved and even despised by many. If you happen to be a fan of Harry Potter, you won’t forget the Weasley tradition of giving Ron a new Christmas sweater every year.
The origin of the candy cane goes back over 350 years when candy-makers both professional and amateur were making hard sugar sticks. The original candy was straight and completely white in color.
mesmerizing: adj. 有吸引力的，迷人的
evergreen: n. 常绿树
incandescent bulb: 白炽灯泡
tarnish: v. 变色；失去光泽