After the war Christmas

After the war, Americans now more than ever started to decorate

outside in a very lavish fashion. Two leading Christmas-oriented cities,

Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, created unbelievably elaborate

displays each Christmas. Garlands of 25-watt bulbs in solid settings of red,

green, gold, and blue astonished many who saw the display tor the first time.

Bridge displays, lighted trees, and life-size lighted nativity scenes helped

draw thousands to the city at Christmas to view its magnificence. Led by

cities that set the trend, homeowners competed with one another to see

who could create the most sparkling nighttime display.

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