How to Draw Christmas Lights

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Christmas lights are often used to decorate Christmas trees as well as the exteriors of houses, shrubbery, and outdoor trees. Where did the tradition of illuminating homes and trees with tiny lights originate?

The Christmas tree was popularized by European royalty in the early 1800s. Small candles were used on Christmas trees before the invention of the electric light bulb - such candles are still preferred in some regions.

This lighting was said to symbolize the Christ as "the light of the world." However, this custom was observed much earlier in religious celebrations across Europe.

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Evergreen plants were used to decorate the home because these seemed to have an almost supernatural ability to thrive during the cold, dark winter.

Candles and fires were lit in hopes of reviving the "dying" sun. These two ancient customs were combined in the modern Christmas tree.

By the early twentieth century, strands of electric lights had become common Christmas tree decorations, and these had migrated into front yards across America by the 1950s and 1960s.

Homes were decked to resemble decorated gingerbread houses. Soon, the custom spread to other lands as well. Depending on the location, these may be called fairy lights, twinkle lights, holiday lights, Italian lights, or mini lights.

Would you like to draw glittering Christmas lights? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to show you how.

All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Christmas Lights

How to Draw Christmas Lights: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a pair of parallel, horizontal wavy lines - the lines are formed from segments of curved line connected at upturned points. These will form the wires or cords for two strings of lights.

How to Draw Christmas Lights: Step 2

2. Enclose small shapes, each like a rounded rectangle, on the top side of the upper wire. Then, use a curved line to enclose a teardrop shape above each rectangle. These form the first of the lightbulbs. Enclose a small oval within each bulb to represent the shininess of the glass.

How to Draw Christmas Lights: Step 3

3. Enclose small rectangular shapes along the bottom side of the uppermost wire. Then, enclose an upside-down teardrop shape beneath each. Finally, enclose a small oval within each bulb.

How to Draw Christmas Lights: Step 4

4. Draw many short lines descending from the second wire. Enclose a small circle beneath each, followed by a much larger circle. Texture each ornament with small dots.

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How to Draw Christmas Lights: Step 5

5. Draw a long, curving, curling line, which doubles back upon and crosses itself many times. This will form another strand of lights, one not yet hung.

How to Draw Christmas Lights: Step 6

6. Enclose small rounded rectangular shapes along the strand. Above or below each, depending on its position, enclose a pointed oval shape, forming the small bulbs.

How to Draw Christmas Lights: Step 7

7. Continue to draw bulbs along the strand, first by enclosing a small, rounded, rectangular shape, then a pointed oval. Don't forget to draw a small oval within each bulb to indicate its shine.

How to Draw Christmas Lights: Step 8

8. Continue to draw additional bulbs along the strand, first with a rounded rectangle, then a pointed oval, and finally a small oval within it.

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How to Draw Christmas Lights: Step 9

9. Complete your holiday lights by drawing bulbs to the end of the strand.

How to Draw Christmas Lights: Step 10

Color your Christmas lights. In the past, many Christmas lights were either white or red and green. Today, blue is a popular color. String lights also come in colors suited to other holidays - for example, orange or purple for Halloween; red, white, and blue for Independence Day; green for Saint Patrick's day; and green and purple for Mardi Gras. White or clear string lights are often used for celebrations year-round.

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