SPACE COAST DAILY TV: ‘On the Town’ Visits Space Coast Homes Decorated for the Holidays
By Space Coast Daily // December 20, 2018
Night TWO winners are Keith and Renee Kowalske of Melbourne
SPACE COAST DAILY HOLIDAY LIGHTS NIGHT TWO WINNER
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Space Coast Daily is On The Town with Alan Zlotorzynski and Gina Liberto who are out for Night Two of Space Coast Daily’s Christmas Light contest. Tonight, Alan and Gina are off Turtlemound Road at the home of Keith and Renee Kowalske and their beautiful toy poodle, LuLu. With more than 25,000 lights inside and out you won’t want to miss this episode of On The Town!
SPACE COAST DAILY HOLIDAY LIGHTS NIGHT ONE WINNER
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Space Coast Daily is On The Town as Alan Zlotorzynski and Gina Liberto began selecting winners tonight for Space Coast Daily’s Christmas Light contest. The Night One winners are Bob and Anne Seims who live in the Lockmar Estates community in Palm Bay. The Seims home is beautifully decorated inside and out, and along with their grandson Jason, spent some time talking to Alan and Gina about their home and what Christmas means to them.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Space Coast Daily’s On The Town, with Alan Zlotorzynski and Gina Liberto, will spend the next week leading up to Christmas visiting homes in Brevard County that stand out in the community with holiday lights and decorations.
Alan and Gina will visit communities from Mims to Sebastian looking for as many lights and air-filled holiday lawn figurines they can find.
The art of decorating our homes and Christmas trees with electric lights began in the late 1880s.
The first known electrically illuminated Christmas tree was the creation of Edward H. Johnson, an associate of inventor Thomas Edison.
While he was vice president of the Edison Electric Light Company, a predecessor of today’s Con Edison electric utility, he had Christmas tree light bulbs especially made for him.
He proudly displayed his Christmas tree, which was hand-wired with 80 red, white and blue electric incandescent light bulbs the size of walnuts, on December 22, 1882, at his home on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
Local newspapers ignored the story, seeing it as a publicity stunt. However, it was published by a Detroit newspaper reporter, and Johnson has become widely regarded as the Father of Electric Christmas Tree Lights.
ABOVE VIDEO: Deck the halls and grab the ladder because on this festive episode of History of Stuff we are looking at those twinkling little bulbs that make every December a little brighter. This is the history of Christmas Lights.
By 1900, businesses started stringing up Christmas lights behind their windows. Christmas lights were too expensive for the average person, as such, electric Christmas lights did not become the majority replacement for candles until 1930.
Over a period of time, strings of Christmas lights found their way into use in places other than Christmas trees.
Soon, strings of lights adorned mantles and doorways inside homes and ran along the rafters, roof lines, and porch railings of homes and businesses.
Once locating what they believe is one of the more beautifully decorated homes in the community, Alan and Gina will speak with the homeowner live on Space Coast Daily TV and find out how much work was involved and the number of lights used to decorate.
The home will be entered into a contest where you the viewer will vote on one of eight homes on Christmas night that you feel is the best decorated.
The winner will receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant where they can take their family to enjoy a nice dinner following the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
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