Jeff Westover

Chief Elf Officer
MMC Founder
Santa's Elf
Kringle Radio DJ
Oct 7, 2004
Cache Valley, Utah
Fireworks at Christmas are not a thing many people think about. For many folks, Christmas is long associated with snow, stockings and jingle bells. None of that seems to fit with the colorful summer traditions of fireworks. But the truth is that without Christmas you likely would not celebrate Independence Day with fireworks.
For hundreds of years fireworks have had a long association with the celebration of Christmas around the world.
It is said that fireworks originated in China nearly 2000 years ago. Chinese alchemists mixed together saltpeter, sulfur and charcoal and created a crude gunpowder, according to the American Pyrotechnics Safety and Education Foundation. Fireworks were more or less invented when the Chinese packed the new gunpowder into bamboo shoots and threw the shoots into a fire, which created a loud blast.
Why is that Christmasy? To understand you’ve got to follow the celebration of Christmas in time.
The invention and modification of gun powder revolutionized...

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