One cannot help but be transported to the magical world of Christmas by a tree adorned with what appears to be the brilliant stars of a winter night. The illusion of stars is created with
. Strands of white Christmas lights can create a frosty winter wonderland. A home standing in the middle of the Sonoran Desert can have the appearance of snowcapped hedges and icicles hanging from the roof. The first white lights were candles on the Christmas tree. With the advent of electricity, decorations of indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have become as traditional as the tree.
Mini candles are still frequently used on Christmas trees in United Kingdom homes. Tens of thousands of homes in the United States (U.S) claim the electric light strand as the preferred choice. The first strand of electric Christmas lights in the U.S. had 80 alternating bulbs in white, red and blue. Businesses and official buildings were one of the first venues for decorating with strands of electric lights. The cost of electricity was prohibitive to the average person prior to 1930.
A scene of moving deer decorated with white Christmas lights drinking from a sparkling blue and white stream on the front lawn creates a pleasing welcome for honored quests. Cars passing by with children out on a family execursion to see homes decorated with lights are filled with the sounds of oooooooohs and ahhhhhhhhhs. The city park or plaza features a tree draped in white lights. A mantle adorned with evergreen branches sprinkled with white Christmas lights makes the roaring fire that much cozier. The buffet table decorated with white Christmas lights adds flare, sophistication and a visual treat for the eyes.
The use of indoor and outdoor Christmas lights is only limited by one’s imagination. Everything from snowcapped Saguaros to dazzling star studded trees are within the realm of possibilities with some strands of white Christmas lights.