I do not know anyone who doesn’t like Christmas decorations. Some folk like to decorate and some of us enjoy looking.
Old people cannot help it, we think back to earlier times when, we say, life was simple. I remember the Christmas Wreath made with grape vines, pine or cedar boughs, the more decorative ones had some pine cones, holly leaves and red berries. Most had a red bow. That was the daylight decoration and it hung on the door or a porch post.
But the biggest and best Christmas Decoration was the TREE. Around DEC 1st sometimes dad would let me go with him when he selected the church tree and our house tree. He made the stands for both and set them up. The size of the house tree was determined by how much room we could spare for a month.
Decorating it was fun. We would get one or two additional trimmings each year, none were thrown away including the icicles. It was fun to walk around the block and look at everyone’s Christmas Tree. They were mostly displayed by a front window by the proud families.
Sometime during my childhood some folk choose to have all blue or red lights, I sorta liked that. Of course the most popular was always the assorted colors.
I do remember seeing my first outdoor tree decorated in about 1952, It amazed me and it was beautiful.
Somewhere along the line folks got more money and got into a friendly competition of who could out Christmas who. It was all beautiful, but I still liked the single Christmas tree by the window.
McAdenville, NC is known as Christmas Town USA. McAdenville is an Old Mill Village town. There is mainly one street that winds down a BIG Hill through the small town and Up another hill, then out to a Thoroughfare. The Mill pays everyone’s electric bill that month if they decorate. So it has grown so much that a steady line of traffic is through town from around Dec 1st until New Years. I have always wondered how those folks in town endured the traffic. If you left your home to go to the Grocery store 2 miles away you would be gone a minimum of 3 hours.
The decorations are great, but it is a slow trip for a hurried generation.
Decorating is a very BIG part of Christmas, it is the happiest time of the year.