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Author Ace Collins on The Christmas Lights

The author talks about the origins of Christmas lights. For more information, visit www.acecollins.com. Read Transcript


Reporter: ACE, NOTHING

GETS ME MORE INTO THE SPIRIT

OF CHRISTMAS THAN SEEING ALL

OF THESE HOMES LIT UP FOR

THE HOLIDAYS.

I THINK THIS HOME TAKES THE

CASE.

LET ME ASK YOU, WHEN DID

THIS TRADITION OF LIGHTING

UP OUR HOMES BEGIN?

REALLY THE 1940S, '50s,

IS WHEN IT REALLY STARTED

BECAUSE THAT'S WHEN LIGHTS

LIKE THESE CAME DOWN TO THE

PRICES THAT NORMAL PEOPLE

COULD AFFORD.

WE WOULD PILE IN CARS AND GO

LOOK AT LIGHTS IN

NEIGHBORHOODS.

IT REALLY STARTED WITH

MARTIN LUTHER KING BECAUSE

MARTIN LUTHER KING TIED A

CANDLE ON HIS TREE.

WHEN HE DID THAT, I DOUBT HE

ENVISIONED ALL OF THIS

TAKING PLACE.

BECAUSE THAT CANDLE AND THAT

TREE REPRESENTED THE LIGHT

OF CHRIST.

AND THESE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS,

TO A LARGE DEGREE, REPRESENT

THAT.

Reporter: I REALLY LIKE

THE COLORFUL LIGHTS.

IS THERE A MEANING BEHIND

THE DIFFERENT COLORS OF THE

LIGHTS?

THERE IS.

THE WHITE LIGHT REPRESENTS

THE PURITY OF CHRIST.

BUT ALSO BLUE LIGHTS, WHICH

MY GRANDMOTHER HAD ON HER

TREE, AND THE BLUE LIGHTS

REPRESENT LOVE.

AND YOU HAVE THE RED LIGHTS

THAT REPRESENT THE BLOOD OF

CHRIST THAT WAS SHED ON THE

CROSS.

AND WE HAVE THE GREEN LIGHTS

THAT REPRESENT THE EVER

GREEN TREE, EVERLASTING

LIFE.

THINGS THAT NEVER DIE.

AND THE LIGHTS HAVE A GREAT

IMPACT DURING THE HOLIDAY

SEASON.

AND THE MOST IMPORTANT

MEANING IS THEY REMIND US OF

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD, AND

JESUS CHRIST.

THINK OF THAT, ONE LITTLE

LIGHT ILLUMINATING IN A

MANGER THAT HAS COME TO GLOW

ALL AROUND THE WORLD, EVEN

BRIGHTER THAN THE LIGHTS

WE'RE SEEING TONIGHT.

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