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Holiday Decorations 2010 - Holiday Homes in Upham's Corner

Posted: December 26, 2010
Nancy J Conrad
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Decorating for the Christmas holidays is a relatively recent tradition in the United States. 

 According to Wikipedia, the first electrically lit interior Christmas tree was sponsored by President Grover Cleveland in 1895.  After that the use of electric lights grew slowly due to the cost. 

Holiday Homes in Upham's Corner 2010 While there are a few records of outdoor decorative lighting in the early part of the 20th century, popular use of outdoor lighting on Christmas trees did not begin until the mid-50s. 

1956 is the pivotal year :
  • The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree had real electric lights
  • Philadelphia's Christmas Light Show
  • Disney's Christmas Tree began
  • The Library of Congress credits McAdenville North Carolina for inventing "the tradition of decorating evergreen trees with Christmas lights when the McAdenville Men's Club conceived of the idea of decorating a few trees around the McAdenville Community Center."

Over time strings of Christmas lights migrated from the trees to the houses along vertical and horizontal planes calling attention to the whole house. 

Shaped light strings grew in popularity  -- candy canes, icicles to hang from the rooftops, stars and outdoor Christmas ornaments. 

Larger objects, both inflatable and rigid, such as reindeer, sleighs, Santa Claus and Nativity figures are now used to create attractive yard and store front panoramas. 

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Upham’s Corner News took a few photos in mid-December but most on the night of Christmas, December 25, 2010.  And why that time in particular?  Because the Blizzard of 2010 was in the forecast and we knew the decorations would get buried.

From 8pm to 1am we drove down many streets, stopped, set up the tripod and did our best to capture the holiday spirit.  For the very few people who asked, we enthusiastically declared our purpose and everyone was excited.  

We were attracted to any house with lights on display that are not ordinarily there – houses with single candles burning from every window or a decorated Christmas tree behind an unshuttered window.



  • Some houses were too dim to create a notable photo. 
  • Some houses were prefaced with large tree branches. 
  • Some houses used colored lights that do not photograph well.

 We were sorry to have to let these go.  We kept as many images as we could, in some cases, using computer graphics to enhance the presentation.   
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There are four pages of photos and that tells you something about Upham’s Corner residents, doesn’t it?  If you personally know any of these homeowners, thank them for making Upham’s Corner a great place to live.

Finally, let us know which photos you like and we’ll publish the results in the next issue.  Remember to consider “the little ones” as well as the grandiose.  One of our favorites is just a tree.

Just click the Contact Us button and send a message with your selections. 

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