Did you know that in 1882 the first Christmas tree was illuminated by the use of electricity? Or that a Catholic priest called Gregory Keller invented a machine to automate candy cane production during the 1950's? View whimsical drawings of Christmas related design patents with my own added whimsical commentary as a bonus.
Many people will swear that store merchants did invent Christmas when we observe cash registers singing and shopping malls filling up with happy shoppers during the days before Christmas. However, Christmas is not a physical invention, it is both an old tradition and a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ. Many physical inventions have been created to aid with Christmas festivities that you can research the history about including: candy canes, electric Christmas lights (invented by a teenager), artificial Christmas trees, and snowmen. Illustration: Candy Canes about.com