8 of the Oldest American Traditions That Are Still Carried Out Today

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Hanging Christmas lights around trees

If you have ever wondered why all the trees on the street are decorated with Christmas lights during this holiday, then it is time to find out who had this bright idea: this tradition started in New York City in 1882 and it was Edward Hibberd Johnson’s idea. Johnson was a friend of Thomas Edison (the American inventor of the practical incandescent light bulb and the phonograph).

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