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Can you see your Christmas lights?

PUBLISHED: 10:27 15 December 2017

Christmas lights in Ipswich. Picture: NICOLLE TAYLOR

Christmas lights in Ipswich. Picture: NICOLLE TAYLOR

With Christmas only 10 days away we take a look at your Christmas lights.

The tradition to decorate the outside of your house with Christmas lights dates back to the 17th century.

Before lights were invented people would decorate their Christmas tree and home with candles.

They would stand candles on windowsills so they could be seen from the outside - having candles in the window indicated that it was a Christian house.

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In 1880 during the festive period Thomas Edison introduced the first outdoor electric Christmas light display to the world.

His lights were displayed outside his laboratory compound, which was close to a railway, so many people could see it each night.

A few years later, Edward Johnson, who was an inventor under the supervision of Thomas Edison, created the first string of Christmas lights, made out of 80 small electric light bulbs.

In 1890 the string of lights were mass-produced and department stores began displaying them in Christmas displays in their stores.

If you want to show off your Christmas lights email them here.

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Police are appealing for information after two incidents of violence in Colchester which they believe are linked.

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Detectives investigating an assault in Bury St Edmunds – in which two men suffered serious injuries – believe it was a targeted attack.

An Ipswich special school which was handed an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating in May for a series of safety and standards concerns is set to become an academy.

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