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Old 12-05-2010, 02:43 PM
 
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I've lived in Arlington for the past ten years, and finally have a house that I can decorate for Christmas. But our house seems to be one of a dozen houses in our neighborhood (Lyon Park) that has any lights up for Christmas. I grew up nearby in Annapolis, where most houses usually had something up for the holidays. But here it seems like no one can be bothered. I know there are many people here that don't celebrate Christmas, but it really seems like no one in Arlington has any Christmas spirit. Is the rest of Northern Va. like this?
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Old 12-05-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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it is a little early ya know I have nothing but a wreath up, it's only Dec 6th.
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Old 12-05-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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My neighborhood is similar in Springfield. There are maybe 20 houses with lights up (out of 1000+ houses). I keep hoping it's just too early...
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:23 PM
 
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More renters than homeowners, maybe? Homeowners always seem more likely to put up lights. Or, maybe a neighborhood of procrastinators? It is a little early, they might get into the spirit by next weekend. Are you near a temple, maybe? It could be that the neighborhood is predominantly Jewish.
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:29 PM
 
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Is the rest of Northern Va. like this?
Not all, but I guess there are pockets throughout the area where lots of people have lights and other pockets where few do. In my area you'll find a lot of lights. We used to have a thread listing the best streets to see lots and lots of lights. I'll have to see if I can find that. Juniper Street (and nearby streets) in Sterling Park is one area that always seems to have lots of decorations. People go out of their way to drive through it.
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:41 PM
 
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More renters than homeowners, maybe? Homeowners always seem more likely to put up lights. Or, maybe a neighborhood of procrastinators? It is a little early, they might get into the spirit by next weekend. Are you near a temple, maybe? It could be that the neighborhood is predominantly Jewish.
There are many religions that are non-Christian, not just Judaism.
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:55 PM
 
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There are many religions that are non-Christian, not just Judaism.
True, and good point. What I was thinking was that if a temple was nearby, there are likely to be a high number of Jewish people because many traditionalists need to have a house within walking distance of the temple.

At least that's what I've heard. I'm not that familiar with Jewish traditions so maybe I'm wrong. Now you've got me curious--is that a tradition, or more like a myth?

And, to go along with your good point, a tradition like that could be true for other non-Christian faiths, too. If there's a mosque nearby, it seems logical to me that attendees might need to live within walking distance. Again, I'm not well versed in religious traditions but always happy to learn more.
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:40 PM
 
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It's still early. Only one house in my neighborhood is decorated outside so far (some of us are decorating inside) but others will be too by the time Christmas rolls around. It's been pretty windy today for anyone to be decorating outside.
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:49 PM
 
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Check out the Highview Park neighborhood of Arlington (off Lee Hwy, behind Virginia Hospital Center), it traditionally has been more done-up with multicolored lights and lots of decorations beyond the Northern Virginia standard of "tasteful and demure" tiny white lights.
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Old 12-05-2010, 04:50 PM
 
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While I noticed that many people put their indoor stuff up right after Thanksgiving, most of my neighbors didn't get their lights up until this weekend (Woodbridge). We still don't have half of the houses with lights but a good number of people put them up this weekend.
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