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Christmas Light Earrings by arteesvida
December 2, 2006, 3:28 am
Filed under: Holiday Projects, Non-Traditional Jewelry

Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Christ, has been celebrated since the year 98 AD. In 137 AD the Bishop of Rome ordered the birthday of the Christ Child celebrated as a solemn feast. In 350 AD another Bishop of Rome, Julius I, choose December 25th as the observance of Christmas.

The use of a Christmas tree indoors is a much later event appears to have begun in Germany. German Christians would bring trees into their homes to decorate. In some areas evergreen trees were scarce so the families would build a Christmas pyramid, simple wooden structures which they decorated with branches and candles. When the German immigrants went to American they also brought along their Christmas trees. In the 1830’s most Americans still considered the Christmas tree an oddity. One of the first public displays of a Christmas tree was set up by German Settlers in Pennsylvania, and it wasn’t until the late 1800’s that Americans began accepting the Christmas tree.

Early Christmas trees were often decorated with apples, nuts, cookies, colored popcorn and candles. The invention of electricity in the early 20th century and use of electrical Christmas lights helped spread the use of the Christmas tree.

It is now common in most communities through out the US to feature public displays of Christmas trees. Every year the President of the United States lights the National Christmas Tree in Washington and in New York skaters spin beneath the lighted tree of Rockefeller Center. Through Europe and the rest of the world the Christmas tree has also become readily accepted and adored.

Supplies:

A mini-garland of resin Christmas tree lights from the ornament section of your local craft store

2 ear wires

18 split jump rings

needlenosed pliers

Remove the Christmas tree lights from their “garland” string. Attach a jump ring to each light. Decide which color light is going to hang lower than the others on each earring and attach two more jump rings (one hanging off the other, hanging off the original jump ring so you have three jump rings in a row) to each of those lights. For the pair of earrings shown, the green light is hanging lower than the other colors.

Hang two jump rings off of each of the ear wires (again, one off of the other so you have two hanging in a row.

Leave the second jump ring open to slide on your christmas tree lights by their jump ring. Make sure you match the same color order for each earring, and that the light bulb that will dangle longer goes in the middle. For the earrings featured, the order is: red, purple, green, yellow, orange.

Make sure all your jump rings are closed. I usually hold my earrings by the ear wire and give them a good shake to see if anything goes flying off that shouldn’t have…this is a good test of your jump ring closures!

Merry Christmas!


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