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Outdoor Decorations–Advent Calendar of Memories

In Christmas on December 5, 2010 at 7:30 AM

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I love the lights and decorations that decorate the neighbourhood this time of year.  And of course, my own yard is amongst them.

Growing up, dad would always put the light strands on the outside of the house and in the trees.  As the years passed, he would add more lights, so then there were strings of lights going down the side of our very steep and long driveway.   There weren’t any of the many types of decorations that are available today.  I, for instance, have one of those fan-blown decorations–a carousel with Santa, a penguin and snowmen riding reindeer going round and round.

The biggest excitement as far as the outdoor scene went  really was the house that had a huge plywood star outlined in lights.  Having said that, there was a cul-de-sac street in my hometown where 5 or so houses all really went all out.  They had created a whole show, with teddy bears going up and down on a teeter-totter (see-saw), other stuffed animals riding a ferris wheel round and round, and seasonal music playing from a loudspeaker.

I watch in awe the videos of those who really go all-out  (try, for instance, the Lindsay household).  If it were not just me to do all the work, I rather think I’d like to try doing it up like these places.  What a great creative outlet, and a gift to those passing by.

Of course, part of it is enjoying the outdoor decorations of other houses as well.  We’re lucky to have a population here from India who put their lights up at Diwali (a light festival), generally around Hallowe’en, so the show is fairly continuous from then right through to the new year.

Don’t you wish, though, that we started calling these lights by their English name, “Fairy Lights“.  It sounds so much more magical than our simple descriptor!

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