The tradition of hanging lights began in 18th-century Germany where upper-class families would use candles to decorate their Christmas trees. Thanks to the introduction of electric lights, public displays grew and the custom spread across the globe with people lighting their homes, streets and public buildings and the displays becoming more and more intricate.
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