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Christmas lights spectacular spectacle

The Story

Every year is more brilliant than the last at the Smith household in Calgary. In this CBC Television interview, Wayne Smith talks about his commitment to making his house a stunning visual Christmas display. With over 6,000 lights and props galore, he begins his planning in August and works consistently and quickly to transform his house into a sparkly, albeit costly, winter wonderland.

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Broadcast Date: Nov. 27, 1991
Guest(s): Wayne Smith
Interviewer: Ralph Benmergui
Duration: 5:23

Did You know?

• The tradition of lighting the Christmas tree began in the middle of the 17th century when people attached small candles onto the branches with melted wax.


• In 1882, Edward H. Johnson became the first recorded person to decorate his Christmas tree with electric lights. Johnson, an associate of Thomas Edison, placed a string of 80 homemade electric lights around his Christmas tree in the parlour of his New York home.




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