Matthew Parker's Decoder #2011-12

Still wondering what those Christmas lights meant in the December 2011 issue of Clubhouse? Break the code with a bright idea!

How It Works:

Breaking this code comes down to knowing which lights to read and which ones to ignore. Read the letters in red, yellow and blue, but ignore the rest. That’s it!

Edward H. Johnson, a friend of Thomas Edison and vice president of the Edison Electric Light Company, was the first person to decorate a Christmas tree with electric lights. He had 80 lights especially made for him, in red, white and blue colors. Though his tree went live on December 22, 1882, the lights were so expensive that people didn’t start putting electric lights on their own trees until around the 1920s. 

Look for another secret message next month!

Copyright © 2011 by Christopher Maselli. Used by permission. Illustration © Gary Locke.