North America gave the traditional Christmas tree a new look with the invention of strings of electric lights. As early as 1912, the first illuminated trees appeared in Bostonís public areas. Outdoor Christmas trees quickly became commonplace in North America. After the First World War, this novelty reached Europe and became widespread towards the middle of the XXth century.
Towards the end of the XIXth century, another variation of the traditional Christmas tree also appeared on the market:
the artificial tree. The earliest came from Germany and were made of metal wire and goose or turkey feathers died green
to imitate pine needles.
In Canada, the fashion of the illuminated outdoor tree is very widespread. The winter climate with its combination of
dark nights and white snow contrasts with the cheerfulness of the multicoloured decorations. In the suburbs, there are
almost as many Christmas trees outside as there are inside.
|In one of Edmonton's wealthier districts the neighbours out-do each other decorating their homes on a street that has come to be called "Candy-cane Lane." On Christmas Day and Boxing Day the destitute and homeless of Edmonton are served a festive meal. Some churches also reach out to the public and invite them in for a Christmas spectacle.|