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Posted by Barb on Tuesday, December 10th 2019:

In Reply to: Holidays posted by Barbara on Monday, December 9th 2019:

Most exterior decorating took place within the two weeks following Thanksgiving, and then it was a few Christmas bulbs around windows, maybe a wooden Santa with reindeer or snowman placard. One year or two I painted a Santa and a Nativity scene on our two front storm windows. One family with a corner house had a Nativity scene with life-sized statuettes AND real animals. It was standing-room only at night when the animals were out.

Corner stores and those with larger sidewalk space and properties with yards on main streets sold Christmas trees and wreaths along with hot roasted chestnut from wagons. Since there were no artificial trees back then, the fresh real trees were decorated usually on Christmas Eve. We strung cranberries to wreath around the tree. All ornaments were glass (ergo, breakable). A big fad that only lasted a year or two was "Angel Hair", spunned glass. which was wreathed all over the tree after ornament and colored lights were in place, but this "hair" was later deemed a health hazard. My Aunt Dottie had those new fascinating bubble candlelight bulbs, a plastic version of which has recently become popular.

Currently many decorations are up before Thanksgiving, but most are displayed right after Thanksgiving. So many are what I consider over-the-top, Disneyland-type spreads from property line to property line and two-three stories high. The newer and newest MacMansions here on Staten Island are the most extravagant and give Dyker Heights and Bay-Ridge competition. I saw a video of a plain house with a light-up arrow on their front lawn, saying "Ditto" pointing to their next-door neighbor's elaborately-lit house. I wonder what their electric bills run. I just put up my 50-year old outdoor lights on the two front windows - and that's it!

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