With Christmas just one day away, you can't turn a corner anymore without seeing Christmas lights everywhere.
But how did we start putting all these little bright lights in our trees?
It actually started with candles, which were put on trees to symbolize the birth of Christ in the process.
"Martin Luther, inspired by the beauty of the stars on Christmas Eve night, is said to have cut an evergreen and put lighted candles on it to represent the starry sky above the stable the night Christ was born," Lifeway's Susan Garland wrote. "By the early 1600s, trees decorated with candies, fruits and paper roses were a part of the holiday decorations in German homes."
This tradition later came to America through immigrant religious customs of the 19th century and has turned into a more commercialized tradition reflecting "the great acceleration of our time," according to the Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal.
Soon after, electric lights were added to our trees, signifiying the great progress in American culture.
"The lights in our trees might seem commonplace or trite," Madrigal wrote. "Christmas trees became part of how electricity was converted from a dark and mysterious force that occasionally descended from the heavens...into a safe and domesticated product that lit up your living room."
There is no shortage of beautiful and unusual Christmas trees on display this time of year, and we have compiled a slideshow of the best of them from around the world.
To check out this season's best trees, view the slideshow at the top of the page.
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