WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8: CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
Profile America -- Wednesday, December 8th. The winter darkness is ablaze with colorful lights all across America -- from small towns to big cities, along streets and in store fronts, as well as private homes. Some neighborhoods have such massive displays, they draw people from miles away. The first documented appearance of outdoor Christmas lights was in Denver in 1914, when an electrician named David Sturgeon dipped light bulbs in colored paint to light a tree outside his dying son's window. Written up in the local newspaper, the idea soon caught on around the country. Christmas lights are part of the $2.6 billion of electric light bulbs and parts made and sold each year in the U.S. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
2002 Economic Census, NAICS 335110
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau