About Christmas Window Lights
In the bleak midwinter nothing lights up the house, and people's lives, like strings of Christmas window lights in a multitude of glowing colours.
These delightful displays owe their origin to Germany in the 1700s, when small candles were placed on Christmas trees. This illuminating tradition caught on among the upper classes in Britain, and was then adopted by people in America, from there spreading around the world.
So popular had Christmas lights become that by the 1950s, they were being strung along streets and buildings, providing an enhanced festive atmosphere that was primarily aimed at boosting trade at this busy shopping time of the year.
A decade or so later, and people, most notably in the US, had begun to adopt the idea for their homes, inside and out. Whole neighbourhoods of houses right around the country beamed like enormous Santa grottos as they were decked out in Christmas lights, and inside, their trees and windows were also festooned with the festive displays.
The traditional bulb lights are still as popular as ever, but increasingly are being overtaken by LED lights, which can be longer-lasting and have better safety aspects. Additionally, LED Christmas lights can be made into an array of designs and shapes, with anything ranging from stars to snowflakes.
Other options include Christmas window net lights, which provide a stylish curtain effect, as well as star and candle lights.
For children anxiously awaiting the late-night arrival of Father Christmas, an illuminated "Santa Stop Here!" sign in the window is an exciting festive addition, as well as being helpful to Mr Claus.