Christmas tree decorations
Trees were decorated with apples, cakes and candies for many centuries. Martin Luther was the first to use candles on trees in the late 16th Century. In 1842, Charles Minnegrode introduced the custom of decorating trees to the US in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Martin Luther (1483 – 1546) is said to be the first to have decorated a Christmas tree with candles to show children how the stars twinkled through the dark night.
In 1850s, German company Lauscha, based in Thuringia, began to produce shaped glass bead garlands for Christmas trees. They also introduced the Rauschgoldengel, the Tingled-angel’, dressed in pure gilded tin.
The glass ornaments reached Britain in the 1870s, and North America around 1880.
In 1882, ornaments were complimented by electric Christmas lights. Edward Johnson, a colleague of Thomas Edison, lit a Christmas tree with a string of 80 small electric light bulbs which he had made himself. By 1890, the Christmas light strings were mass-produced. By 1900, stores put up large illuminated trees to lure the customers.
用蘋果、蛋糕和糖果來裝飾樹已流傳了很多世紀。馬丁·路德是第一個在16世紀末把糖果放在樹上的人。到了1842年Charles Minnegrode把裝飾聖誕樹的風俗帶到美國威廉斯堡的維吉尼亞州。馬丁·路德 (1483 – 1546)據說是第一個以糖果裝飾聖誕樹，來向孩童解釋星星如何在夜晚發光的人。
在1882年，這些裝飾品開始和聖誕燈飾搭配。Edward Johnson，Thomas Edison的一個同事，自己做了80個小燈泡的燈串將聖誕樹點亮。到了1890年，聖誕燈串被大量製作。1900年，店家開始擺放光亮的聖誕樹來吸引顧客。