American Lights

I was just in Singapore with a group of 22-year-old Chinese and Singaporeans. As we walked along Singapore’s famed Orchard Road admiring the lights, one of the Chinese girls asked me if this is what America looks like.

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It hadn’t occurred to me that some people might imagine America like this. I’m sure there are some cities that light up the streets, but in my area of the Midwest, most of the Christmas lights are found on people’s houses and it’s common for people to pick a night and drive around looking at Christmas lights while listening to Christmas carols on the radio. That’s what we did last night. I snapped a few pictures to give you a taste of Christmas lights around Cincinnati.

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How do you decorate for Christmas in your part of the world (if at all)?


18 responses to “American Lights

  1. Jersey’s quite low key really – garish in the main shopping streets, a host of simple but effective lights in the trees in the Royal Square with a crib – all very peaceful. A few people like to go big on their houses but on the whole it’s laid back. Happy Christmas Juliann.

  2. The shopping malls and plazas definitely have their decoration game on but in my neighborhood, only a few of the houses have bothered with lights and I notice that the number seems to decrease every year. But it could likely also be that the occupants of the houses are getting older and feeling less motivated to make the effort each season. Wishing you and your family all the best this holiday! πŸ™‚

  3. Portland is tastefully decorated downtown, I would say. It looks pretty without being too gaudy. What’s really funny is there is a trucking company down the street from us and they have a semi decorated out front. Never seen that before! πŸ™‚

  4. Not as big as Diwali here naturally, except in the malls and private clubs and a few Christian houses. I remember Bangkok being over the top. Wishing you a happy and joyful Christmas with your family Juliann!

    • How funny that Bangkok would be over-the-top with Christmas decorations. I can only imagine all the Diwali decorations. I was lucky enough to be in Singapore for that in 2013. Very festive.
      Hope your holiday season has been wonderful, Madhu!

  5. Lovely!! I’m trying to think about where I grew up in America…yes, people decorated their houses with lights and the streets….ummmm, I would saw more modest decorations. Now I live in Munich Germany and a lot of the Christmas deco here is more “natural” looking, such as pine needle branches, wreathes, and white lights, but not so often all the colors.

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