Did people in your neighborhood decorate with lights? Did some people really go “all out” when decorating? Any stories involving your ancestors and decorations?
I don't recall that it was the done thing to decorate the outside of the house as I was growing up. About the closest it came to was that many houses had a lighted Christmas Tree in a window facing the street. In fact my brother and I made up a game called, obviously, Christmas Tree - a kind of spotto we played on long car trips at Christmas time. Each time we saw a tree we called out C, or H, or R etc. until we had seen enough trees to spell the words Christmas Tree. First one to spell it was the winner.
Now, we put up some coloured lights outside on the verandah and in trees and the garden, but most of our decorations are inside. Our neigbours however, go all out!
I love travelling around to look at the decorated houses, and we usually do this every year. Some years we have been in Bendigo at or near Christmas time and there are some spectacular street displays there which have been well worth the time and effort to look at them.