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Old 12-03-2006, 09:45 PM
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My tradition passed on by my dad.

We kind of grew up poor but the thing I remember most about Christmas is on Christmas Eve my dad would gas up the car and we would just drive around looking for lights. So now I find myself taking my kids out looking for lights and there just isn't as many as I remember as a kid. That is one reason I got into Computer controlled Christmas lights. I hope to get people in my area to decorate again. It sounds strange but Christmas Eve is my favorite day with the kids wondering what presents Santa will bring and the getting ready to go look for lights.
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I too remember as a child driving around neighborhoods looking at the beautiful lights and decorations with my parents. It was such a nice family thing to do. You're right though, these days there isnt nearly as many houses decorated, most likely cause the high cost of electricity.
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My parents don't drive so we never got to do things like that. But for the last few years the week before Christmas we go out with my aunty in her car looking at decorations. This year I passed my driving test though so I can go around in the dark looking at all the pretty lights It's great!
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BF and I will be loading up the parents next Thursday nite in the old 4 wheel drive sleigh to drive around and look at the lights. We are going into the city to look at a big display they put on each year by the river and then just drive thru different neighborhoods and check out what everyone has put up.


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My family does that too. Throughout the season mom will take me to look at decorations. There aren't many anymore though...
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it seems in recent years....people have forgot the beauty of colored lights...and have gone more for the clear ones.....am I the only one who has noticed this?

bring back the colors of christmas !!!!!
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I agree!! I have always been a fan of colored lights. No offense to anyone who perfers clear but arent they just the same as light bulbs? I can take a lamp shade off a lamp and get the same effect. I think when the icicle light craze hit it really hurt the use of colored lights. I am glad to see more options with those and am seeing alot more of the colored variety than in the past years but to me there is nothing like a house lit up with C9 colored bulbs!
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When I was growing up, one night of the Christmas week was set aside to go and look at the lights. People did not decorate early back then so everything was reserved for the week of Christmas.

As my parents got older they started spending Christmas eve with us in our home and we took them out to see lights. I remember one Christmas Eve it was raining actually pouring but we went. LOL, hard to look at lights through windows covered with rain but the best part was being together for that's what Christmas is, love, family and celebration.
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I remember a Christmas Eve in the 70's and pouring rain too. But we also still went looking for lights but being from New England the temps felt odd for that time of year. Made getting in the Christmas mood hard.
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My wife and I sometimes takes our children at Christmas time to see the lights. I am going to set a date on the calendar this year and going forward to make sure we keep this awesome tradition going.
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