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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Lights

According to history,  17th century  was the inception of Christmas lights.  It is part of Christian traditions that has strongly withstood time.  The custom goes back to when Christmas trees were decorated with candles.  The candles  symbolized Christ as the  light of the world.  The Christmas trees that were  displayed publicly and illuminated with electric lights became popular in the early 20th century.  Then the  display of Christmas decorations with lights progressed from then on.  We can see  different beautiful  displays outdoors every Christmas.  



Outdoor Christmas light displays on houses was stemmed from the trend of lighting up Christmas trees during the Christmas season.   It is one of our favorite thing to do during Christmas, we take our children  for a drive around the neighborhood and enjoy the different   Christmas lights displayed by homeowners.  There's even a Winter Festival of Lights in Ogle Bay in Wheeling West Virginia, it's a beautiful display to witness.  
 My husband  gave me an early Christmas gift, a Canon Rebel T6 camera set and thought it would be great to try it outside  and capture some photos of the outdoor Christmas lights.
 Our theme  with our lights  this year was red, white, and blue. 
 We bought  most of these lights during the  end of season sale last year. 
 I think it turned out  beautifully. 
 The nativity scene was the new addition to our  outdoor display. 
 Our neighbor's yard was all lit up too.

 I always love the  maikn display of lights in our small city of Weirton. 
 Downtown posts has snowflakes and angels light displays.
I always enjoy decorating for Christmas.  We always start doing it early in November.  You might think that's overboard but  I  do that so we can enjoy the displays longer.  Putting out the decorations takes a lot of time so  I want to enjoy it as long as I can.  We have one more week left before we take down  all the decors.  Taking down the outdoor  lights would be a bit harder since the weather is getting frigid!

18 Smart Readers SAID::

Jeannette said...

I had waited that this was the history of lights. We use Christmas lights on our tree and we do some at our house. I love checking out neighborhoods with all the lights people can be so creative.

AiringMyLaundry said...

I always love looking at Christmas lights. We put some up as well, but not too many. I enjoy the houses that go all out!

Candysfarmhousepantry said...

Interesting to read how the christmas lights were started. We always drive around each year and look at all the different christmas lights and how people decorate. Family tradition.

Joanna Brittain said...

Such beautiful lights. The lights are one of my favorite parts of Christmas.

Jenny Finney said...

Our family does the same; driving around, looking at all the beautiful lights! Your house looks awesome and I enjoyed reading about the history of Christmas lights.

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

There is something wonderful about Christmas lights isn't there. We drove around locally just before Christmas looking for different houses with them on and saw some beautiful displays.

Ashley @Irishred02 said...

I love going out to look at Christmas lights. I'm a little bummed the season is over.

Pam said...

I love looking at Christmas lights. I have never actually put any up though. I should do it one year.

Emily, Our house now a home said...

We love looking at Christmas lights! It was a tradition I did growing up and we have turned it into a tradition with our kids too, so much fun!

GeekDad248 said...

The red ribbon on your porch really stands out. Nice job with your display this year (or I guess it is last year now)! Happy New Year!

Jennifer EngineerMommy said...

I love CHristmas lights too. Sometimes we start decorating in early November also. This year, we are taking down our decorations this weekend.

Sara Welch said...

I really do miss the lights when they are gone. I look forward to them every year.

Cheryl Lang said...

I loovvve christmas lights, but since I live in an apartment, I can't decorate outside. One of my favorite things to do as a child was to drive around and look at everyone's lights.

rosemary palmer said...

I love simple displays of lights. Leave all the blowups out and so much in the yard and give me classic lights and I'm happy.

Vanessa Palma said...

I didn't know that was the reason lights were first started. We decorate every year and have so much fun setting everything up.

Nikka Shae said...

Our whole family loves looking at Christmas lights during the season. It’s our tradition.

Our Family World said...

I love the lighted Nativity Scene. Great reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. Your light display looks fantastic too. My family and I start decorating on the first Sunday of Advent.

Anosa Malanga said...

Putting up Christmas Lights indeed makes everything more lively and lovely. It's just that setting this also consumes a lot of time for me and effort of course. But when you see the setup, its all worth it.

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