The tradition of Christmas and light projectors
It’s that time of the year again when the bells toll and the sound of carols permeate the air at seemingly random moments. Christmas is celebrated by most Christians on December 25, where they come together to commemorate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Even as we wish each other a Merry Christmas and exchange gifts, there is another part of the festivities we tend to overlook until the last moment; the Christmas Decorations.
Christmas decorations are the different types of ornamentation used at Christmas time and we spend a great deal of our time, money and thought on Christmas ornaments each year. Christmas decorations make Christmas look much more magical and fun, especially with the glittering Christmas light projector. Christmas decorations have become an integral part of Christmas, the Christmas spirit and Christmas home decorations for hundreds of years.
The beginning of Christmas decorations such as trees, ornaments, and lights is linked to a monk who came to Germany in the 7th/8th century to preach. This monk is believed to be none other than Saint Boniface, the German Apostle. In the legends, Saint Boniface was the first person to bring a fir tree to the Germans to decorate. He claimed that its triangular shape represented the Holy Trinity. This tradition was instantly popular with devout Germans who began decorating Christmas trees in various ways with simple, white candles. In the 15th century, ornaments were introduced and they were instantly incorporated into the Christmas decorations in Germany. In Latvia, a fir tree was decorated in 1510 with roses and was associated with the Virgin Mary. This singular event is believed to be the pioneer of modern Christmas decorations.
A groundbreaking moment in the history of Christmas decorations kicked off in 1605, a tree in Strasbourg on the French Rhine was brought indoors and adorned with paper roses, candles, wafers, nuts, and sweets. This started the trend of adorning Christmas trees indoors. Over time, the decorations grew even more elaborate as each family used its own available materials and inventiveness to beautify their Christmas trees. Decorations later grew to include painted eggshells, cookies, and candies. Another trend began in 1610 with the introduction of tinsel, which has been favored ever since. During this period, tinsel was made of pure silver.
Eventually, Christmas decorations began to be more ornate as they gradually found their way into English homes. Decorations began to include glass beads and hand-sewn snowflakes. In the 1800’s, the Christmas decoration tradition began to invade the American homes. This was when the use of fruits (mostly apples) and nuts as Christmas decorations became popular. The fruits were also hung on Christmas trees, along with paper streamers and bits of shiny metal foil. This was also the period when the idea of reflecting light in the room came into being. Christmas is, after all, a symbolic season of lights and merriment, this idea also became popular. Foods like gingerbread and other hard cookies, baked in varied shapes as fruits, stars, bells, hearts, and angels were also used as decorations.
As the Christmas tradition became more widespread, each country added its own culture to the way decorations were used. In America, for example, long strands of cranberries or popcorn were stringed to encircle Christmas trees. People in the UK used ornaments made of lace, paper or other items in various designs which showed the ingenuity and skill of their makers. Soon enough small gifts were hung on the trees or sometimes in little handcrafted baskets. The use of these decorative items grew so popular during this period that with each passing year it became increasingly difficult to actually see the tree beneath the ornaments.
Up until the 1880s, Christmas decorations were mainly creations of family and friends. The only decorations available in the market were hand-cast lead and glass decorations. However, the 1880s saw many entrepreneurs invest in manufacturing decoration items on a mass scale and selling these strictly as Christmas decorations. Glass companies involved in the glass ornament trade in Germany, which had been engaged in making glass articles such as bottles and marbles soon began to create little glass toys. These toys were made from molds of children, saints, famous people, animals and other forms and released into the market. This was an instant success and were soon highly demanded. So much so that by 1890, F.W. Woolworth, one of the foremost American mass merchandisers in the United States, was reportedly selling $25 million worth of imported German glass ornaments.
Other artisans began constructing brightly colored ornaments in the shape fish, birds and other animals out of pressed and embossed paper, these too were a hit everywhere. Other types of decorations created around this time include items made of pressed tin with brightly colored printed surfaces, thin foil strips (known today as ‘icicles’ or tinsel).
Traditional Christmas colors range from green, white, and red. Blue and white colors are also used to represent the winter season which occurs around the same time. Other metallic colors like gold and silver are also very common. Typically, decorative images on Christmas include images of Baby Jesus, Father Christmas, Santa Claus, and/or the star of Bethlehem. That’s not all, there are also some winter icons including snowflakes, snowmen, icicles, and even penguins and polar bears that represent Christmas.
Funny Fact: Leaving up decorations up beyond Christmas is historically considered to be unlucky.
Christmas light projector of today
The history of Christmas decoration has been one of skill and craftsmanship being combined with the latest technology of that time. This is why the must have Christmas decoration today are the Christmas Light Projectors. Christmas lighting technology has seen considerable development since the replacement of candles by electric lights. While originally used during the Christmas holidays as Christmas lights, modern electric light variations such as the Christmas Light Projector have become popular around the world in many cultures and are used both during religious festivals and for other purposes unconnected to any festivities.
Christmas Light Projector systems became a popular phenomenon in 2015. They projector devices are typically installed on a stake in front of a house, projecting colored dots resembling stars. Christmas Light Projector devices are safer and easier to install than traditional string lights and most other decoration types. The first concept Christmas Light Projector was popularized by Telebrands. They launched a brand of low-cost laser projectors known as Star Shower Laser Light in July 2015. Star Shower was a huge hit and was soon in high demand, with stores quickly running out of stock, and reports of the devices being stolen right out of front yards. In 2016, an updated version of Christmas Light Projectors came with motion effects and synchronized light shows.
The immense popularity of Star Shower and its lesser known variants have been credited to their ease of use. Christmas Light Projectors have received a mixed reception from professional lighting designers, with some calling them the “lazy” way to decorate a house. The top 5 advantages of Christmas Light Projectors over traditional lighting systems include:
Traditional lights make use of yards upon yards of wires that connect individual bulbs This is in addition to the power cord itself, some models even come with only a foot of cord that ends at the adapter plug. Unfortunately, these cables tangle easily, and it takes a lot of time and frustration to untangle them. They’re the considered the headphones of Christmas decoration. On the other hand, Christmas Light Projectors require no cabling besides what it takes to plug in the main system. You can also rely on an extension cord for increased flexibility.
Christmas Light Projectors are also very maneuverable. When setting up decorations during the festivities, most of the decorations usually go up and you will need to get a ladder or a high chair and string up the lights from one corner of the room to another, or above doorframes and windows. Worse if you want to highlight a tree or liven up your wall.
It doesn’t end at getting the ladder, you also have to endure the elements, which is an entirely different business for Christmas. Christmas Light Projectors cut down the time it takes to install your system to mere minutes. It’s a simple process where you go out, mount the projector, point it, and plug it in, no climbing needed.
Christmas Light Projectors are also specially designed to stick to, whatever surface you want to decorate. Unlike string lights whose magic quickly turns to disappointment when you see all those cables like so much debris in daylight. Christmas Light Projectors do not require affixations, they can be elegantly hidden among flower patches or low bushes.
Christmas Light Projectors are not susceptible to burnouts. String light decorations may have a bulb short out on you, sometimes even causing the whole string to stop working. However, with Christmas Light Projectors, this would be all but impossible. Projectors are very long-lived, with most being rated for at least 8000 hours of work time, not counting storage time spent mounted and off in a corner.
The best part, Christmas Light Projectors are also cost-effectiveness when compared to other Christmas lighting options. This projector system takes up only a fraction of the power that a standard bulb does, with the percentage ranging somewhere between ninety and ninety-nine percent.
So Should I get a Christmas Light Projector?
Yes, you should! Unlike when decorating with traditional Christmas lights, untangling meter upon meter tangled wire no matter how neatly you had packed it, Christmas Light Projectors don’t have this problem. The only wire you that can get tied up is the extension cord, but that’s an external part of the illuminator. You don’t have to worry about long cables at all, in fact, all you need to do is mount the projector on a stake or a wall-mount, or a flat surface, and enjoy the view.
You also don’t need to worry about having to scale trees or ladders to get high enough to hang traditional lights where they can be visible. That’s just too much hassle, especially when you consider that Christmas often falls during winter time. Christmas Light Projectors need no raising, they just need to be properly angled to cover larger surfaces. They are designed to allow them to keep a low profile while having a far-reaching effect. This allows you to hide them in a flower patch or garden, while still enjoying an amazing view of color high on the walls and up in the trees.
String lights are also unable to stand by themselves without some sort of support. This support usually comprises of nails and screws. In the daylight they stick out, making the sight less than sterling. Christmas Light Projectors need no nails or screws, only a stake, at most. They can also be easily put on a stand or laid flat on the surface.
Let’s not forget the stress involved with storage. Packing can be a nightmare with traditional lights because of the abundance of cables, and chunky bulbs. Christmas Light Projectors on the other hand, packs easily into their original packaging for efficient storage. Setting Christmas Light Projector up is also a breeze, they can be up and ready in the time it takes you to plug it in and point it. Many models even feature a remote, so they can be adjusted from the comfort of your home.
Finally, if you are also concerned about your power consumption, Christmas Light Projectors have the advantage over traditional lights. Projector lights use only a minute fraction of what a traditional light bulb does, drawing between one and six Watts of power. So they are more cost-effective and will cost you less in the long run.
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