Let me personally say thank you to everyone who takes the time to decorate outside at this busy time of the year... There are countless number of us who do still take the time to purposely take a drive to go see the many businesses and homes that are decked out. Family and friends and even strangers smile and appreciate the festive scenery that you place for our enjoyment.
In early America, Christmas celebrations centered on food, fun, friends, and family, much like our festivities do today. Early settlers in America brought Christmas traditions from the "Old World" to the new, celebrating the holiday as they did back home. Churches were often decorated for Christmas while individual homes were decorated less frequently and more sparsely.