While Denmark’s not the home of the Christmas tree as many think – it’s certainly the biggest exporter of the most popular species of tree in Europe, the Nordmann Fir. The Danes are famous for how they decorate their trees with silver or gold stars on the top, their national flag, drums and trumpets, cookies, candy and often real candles.
As candles start fires, it was a relief when Christmas tree lights appeared soon after the invention of the light bulb. Thomas Edison’s partner in his Illumination Company, Edward H. Johnson, had the idea. He wired a strong of red, white and blue bulbs, decorating his Christmas tree with them. He was so enthusiastic about electricity, he also used it to make his tree revolve.