The Very American History of Christmas LightsAdam Clark Estes12/24/15 9:50am5318EditPromoteDismissUndismissHideGo to permalink Christmas lights are a uniquely American tradition. That’s not just because the first electric Christmas lights appeared in America. The tradition embodies a certain American-ness, an ingenuity and hunger for innovation, that’s easily overlooked. America doesn’t just make things. America makes things spectacular.