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Using municipal decorations at home

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Here is a picture I found of my house when I used commercial garland to decorate.It was very colorful day and night.

I haven't decorated like that in a long time.


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I got my idea from the "streamers" that used to hang in the town I was raised in( see attachment). They had on on every corner.Must of had forty of them down main and delaware streets.They had the green garland with red sugerplums,and a large garland candle on what seemed like every fourth pole.It was almost over decorated,but it was awesome,and it did alot for me wanted to decorate now.Especially the retro style which seems to have faded away.

 To me,these where much nicer decorations than what some municipals us today.But again, I was raised on this stuff.

In Fairfield, the downtown had 2 large Christmas trees hanging over 2 of the busy intersections of town.I'm talking about right smack dab over the intersection with 2 streamers crossing the bottom of it. I have never seen anything like that since.I did see a town in Illinois that used red instead of green streamers( of skylines as they are called in some catalogs). Sorry to say,these decorations have all disappeared and they now use the simple wreaths with 3 candles in middle.Not much "bang" there, but much easier to install.

Even though I don't have room to display every municipal decoration I have, I still make purchases when I see something I like. I haven't put up the garland on my house since I installed hardy board. I don't want to damage it.I don't do the lights like I used to either. The kids live away and I'm getting older.But maybe I'll get energized and do something differant this year. I also like to do something differant every year  wether it's using blowmolds are larger decorations.

My neighbor said she loves the large c9 bulb blowmolds that where new last year,so I went and put a couple on her house.She loved them,and i got a nice chessecake.  

I made the decorations using commercial garland,regular light string (c7) and the blowmold decorations I picked up from GP and Menards.The candy canes where a 1995 empire item that was made in China .

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