In this year of curtailed travel and sheltering in place, our homes have taken on new importance. In addition to being refuges from the world for our families, they’re now doing double duty as remote offices, schools, and even houses of worship.
This contest celebrates how we use our homes to share the joy of the holiday season. Even before the invention of the electric Christmas tree light in 1882, men and women have decorated their homes for the holidays. Greenery, dried flowers and fruits have been used for wintertime decorations since at least the mid-19th century.
The internet age has seen holiday decorations taken to a new level, as spirit-filled suburbanites cover every available surface with lights, add a musical sound track, and post videos of the show on YouTube.
As fall nights lengthen into winter, let us celebrate how we decorate the exteriors of our homes. From the electric candle in a window to the over-the-top extravaganza of the Griswold family in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, our decorations are a way we share holiday joy with friends, neighbors, and people we’ve never even met.