Advent Calendar 2010: December 5 – Outdoor Decorations

[Note: Portions of this post appeared in a post that originally ran during the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories in December 2009]


Did people in your neighborhood decorate with lights? Did some people really go “all out” when decorating? Any stories involving your ancestors and decorations?

I don’t recall seeing too many elaborately decorated houses in my neigbhorhood. There were one or two on the street I lived on and a few on some of the adjacent streets. As for our house, my mother always preferred simplicity. She would put a single (electric) candle in each of the two windows in our living room, and one in the upstairs bedroom facing the street. As I recall, she always had a wreath on the door–perhaps in the early years it was a live wreath, but for as long as I remember it would be a lovely artificial wreath beautifully decorated by my Aunt Helen.

From what I recall, my grandparents did not decorate their homes on the outside either.

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