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Festive Light Displays: Ho Ho Home for the Holidays

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Outdoor Christmas and holiday decorations are often the first signs that it's officially time to celebrate the season. Light up your world wherever you live and whatever winter holiday you celebrate: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or New Year's.

Size really doesn't matter -- you can decorate a tiny balcony or bedazzle your theme park-sized estate. Decorations range from wreaths and garlands to inflatable Christmas characters and computerized light shows.

While holiday lights became popular in the 1920s, it wasn't until after World War II that entire neighborhoods got together to present themed decorations and lighting displays. Trends and innovations have followed, including plastic blow mold Christmas figurines; large C7 and C9-sized light strings; white icicle lights; computerized, synchronized and animated extravaganzas. More recently, holiday decorators have favored big inflatable characters and decorations, along with energy-saving LED lights. Enjoy this diverse tour of holiday homes.

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novato xmas lightsNovato Christmas Lightspicture of petaluma house by marla showferPetaluma Holiday Housepicture of big menorah on fire escapeHanukkah Menorah on Fire Escapepicture of christmas lights dyker heights brooklyn new yorkBrooklyn's Dyker Heights Chrismas Lights
picture of holiday house balboa islandDecorating Head to Toepicture of xmas lights and decorations at houseReindeer on Lawn at Holiday Housepicture of baltimore christmas lights hampdenBaltimore's 34th Street Holiday Lightspicture of agave with christmas lightsCactus Holiday Lights
picture of hanukkah house decorations and lightsHanukkah House Decorations and Lightspicture of figurines hanukkah menorahWindows Decorated for Chanukahsanta claus on patioMr. and Mrs. Clauspicture of holiday lights in novato californiaLike a Catalog Display of Xmas Lights
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