Did people in your neighborhood decorate with lights? Did some people really go “all out” when decorating? Any stories involving your ancestors and decorations?
My mom loved lights. If there was a place to string it, she would. If there wasn’t, she would make one! We always had Christmas lights that surrounded the entire house hanging from the gutters. In the 1970′s, the only light to hang outside was the those big bulbs. I loved how they stood out and looked forward to coming home late at night just to see those lights! Mom also made this giant felt Santa Claus that hung on the front door usually with a sleigh bell on the door knob.
During my youth, most everybody decorated their house with lights and mangers were a common scene. Today, anything signaling the approach of Christmas seems foreign. There are a few houses on our block that have lights on the house, one with their shrubs covered in lights. Kara and I always make sure we have a giant wreath on our front door with lights that cover at least the front part of the house. Luckily for us, someone had left nails by the gutters to hang our lights.
Remember those big lights from my childhood? Take those and add LED bulbs and you have super amazing lights! Brings back the memories of youth and costs less to operate. No more watching the electric meter spin around!!
One of my all-time favorite Christmas movies is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase. Here’s a little video that someone put together featuring the theme song and how they decorated their house for the season!