6 Techs that Changed Christmas Forever

Several staples of the season are actually based on relatively recent inventions.

December 6, 2013
1:20 PM EST
Following World War II, Christmas lights became a ubiquitous part of the American landscape. | Wikimedia Commons
Color lithographs produced high-quality images and ushered in the modern-day Christmas card. | WendellandCarolyn/Getty Images
The very existence of small, standardized batteries made electronic toys possible. | iStockPhoto
Tiny electric motors made the train around the Christmas tree possible. | iStockPhoto
The availability of cheap aluminum and plastics made tinsel easy to make and buy. | iStockPhoto
The Diners Club card was the first credit card with a magnetic strip. | Diners Club