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Old 11-28-2008, 10:47 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Used to be . . . Charlotte was known for all the beautiful outdoor Christmas decorations. Very Williamsburg-style . . . Wreaths in every front window, often w/ bows and candles in windows . . . Garlands festooning doorways and porticos . . . sometimes, a Moravian Star . . . tiny white lights woven into garlands or thousands of white lights encircling tree trunks or tastefully placed on shrubs around the house . . .sometimes, apples or magnolia leaves woven into garlands over home entrances . . .

You didn't use anything but tiny white lights . . . . whole neighborhoods w/ white lights and lots of fresh pine garlands . . .

I have seen stuff the last five years or so that makes my eyeballs hurt. Just plain downright tacky and tasteless, IMHO. (Of course, we all know I am a poop).

What is in and what is out when it comes to decorating a home for the holidays????
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:00 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Used to be . . . Charlotte was known for all the beautiful outdoor Christmas decorations. Very Williamsburg-style . . . Wreaths in every front window, often w/ bows and candles in windows . . . Garlands festooning doorways and porticos . . . sometimes, a Moravian Star . . . tiny white lights woven into garlands or thousands of white lights encircling tree trunks or tastefully placed on shrubs around the house . . .sometimes, apples or magnolia leaves woven into garlands over home entrances . . .

You didn't use anything but tiny white lights . . . . whole neighborhoods w/ white lights and lots of fresh pine garlands . . .

I have seen stuff the last five years or so that makes my eyeballs hurt. Just plain downright tacky and tasteless, IMHO. (Of course, we all know I am a poop).

What is in and what is out when it comes to decorating a home for the holidays????
Ani, I'm used to seeing the Williamsburg style with white lights, Small displays with multicolor lights & then some displays that make the Griswalds look sedate. I like the mix. I'm looking forward to seeing what's done here.

I'd say that the LED lights & fiberoptic decorations are gaining popularity everywhere.

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Old 11-28-2008, 12:22 PM
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Southerners white lights, subtle. Yankees -- freakish. Rednecks -- sad.

Trained my daughters at early age to pick out the Yankees by their garish, over the top decorations. We would ride down the street and they would say, "Yankees, Daddy."

Living in Maryland, there was a house, decked out, in blue. Glowed on the horizon. I initially thought we had bought near a nuclear dump site!

Subtle, people, understated elegance.

LLN
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Harrisburg NC
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I'm a traditionalist, and only allow white lights for our house. We'll have the icicle lights hanging from the eaves, our bushes will have the netting lights on them, garland and wreath for the front door, and candlesticks in the windows. BUT, a few years ago my mom gave us this wooden decoration of three deer with light up red noses who are holding a wreath and sign that says Merry Christmas, it's a bit goofy but so are we. :P I put it by the front door to hopefully make people smile.
On other peoples houses I love it all, even the way tacky stuff makes me smile. But if I have to be totally honest I've seen houses with all red lights, even the red candlesticks in the windows and it sorta reminds me of a satanic house.
I don't know what's in and what's out but I have noticed more people are putting those huge blow up plastic things up, some of them are like huge snow globes!

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Old 11-28-2008, 12:33 PM
 
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Southerners white lights, subtle. Yankees -- freakish. Rednecks -- sad.

Trained my daughters at early age to pick out the Yankees by their garish, over the top decorations. We would ride down the street and they would say, "Yankees, Daddy."

Living in Maryland, there was a house, decked out, in blue. Glowed on the horizon. I initially thought we had bought near a nuclear dump site!

Subtle, people, understated elegance.

LLN
Nice theory. Care to explain why more than 50% of the decorated houses in South Jersey would fall under your description of southern? Oh, that's right, if the Mason Dixon line was extended east, it would be going right through South Jersey.
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:37 PM
 
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I don't mind any kind of Christmas displays that people put up as long as they take them down. Christmas lights that festoon a house in the middle of July bespeak volumes about the kind of people that live there- and it's not good! If it's too much work to take them down, don't put any up!
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:38 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Here's a neat site that gives info about NC & SC and some other Southern states . . . and lists special holiday displays and events. Check out the outdoor decorations!!!!

Biltmore, Asheville,Blowing Rock: Historic Christmas celebrations in North Carolina
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:41 PM
 
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Beautiful, traditional wreath ideas - from Southern Living:

SouthernLiving.com Homes and Decorating Wreaths of Williamsburg - SouthernLiving.com

Video on creating some interior traditional decorations:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xjb2zKbUfDA

Check out Williamsburg:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyoPw...eature=related
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:49 PM
 
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Basically IMO when those "blow up" front yard decorations were invented, that's when Christmas decorations basically "jumped the shark".

I see those humungus (sp?) blow up things on postage stamp lawns and I say to myself "what are you thinking???"

White lights for us. A wreath or two. Just enough to be noticed, but not enough to make it National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation if you catch my drift....
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Old 11-28-2008, 03:53 PM
 
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Basically IMO when those "blow up" front yard decorations were invented, that's when Christmas decorations basically "jumped the shark".

I see those humungus (sp?) blow up things on postage stamp lawns and I say to myself "what are you thinking???"

White lights for us. A wreath or two. Just enough to be noticed, but not enough to make it National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation if you catch my drift....
I do catch your drift, Jack!!! Same thing being planned here . . .
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