Lights That Share, Lives That Care

Driving around to look at lights over the holiday season has been a tradition across America since we started stringing the outdoor ornaments in the 1930s.

The first electric Christmas lights were invented by Thomas Edison in 1880, when he hung strings outside his laboratory. Edward Johnson, a close friend of Edison, rigged up lights on his Christmas tree in 1882. In 1884, the New York Times covered his lights in a feature story, and Americans became fascinated with all that twinkles and shines.

Children everywhere Рand of all ages Р are drawn to the lights. I find myself more delighted with the simple, non-dazzling displays; a single candle in a window, a tree with simple lights and traditional ornaments, a wreath made from real pine that brings the fresh smell of the woods into the house.

But one of my seasonal favorites has become Jerry’s Tree. About one hour south of the Twin Cities on I35 and clearly visible from both north and south-bound lanes, a magnificent 40-foot oak is covered top to bottom in well over 25,000 clear bright bulbs. Our gift to you this Christmas Eve, enjoy what has become appreciated by the millions of motorists along one of Minnesota’s main highways. View for yourself, and hear the touching story of how one man’s vision has become an act of love and sharing.

Season’s Greetings from Occupy World Writes!

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About MNgranny

MNgranny has been an activist since the age of 17. After earning a BA in Mass Communications and enjoying a 30 year career, she is now disabled and dedicates her life to that activism. Her experiences include volunteering in community service organizations and taking leadership roles throughout her academic and professional life. She is also a survivor of rape and domestic violence, a published author and a master naturalist. She is also a professional member of the United States Press Association. She has focused for the last several years and specializes in Kurdish history, culture and politics.

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