Advent Calendar – December 5, 2009

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Outdoor Decorations

Did people in your neighborhood decorate with lights? Did some people really go “all out” when decorating? Any stories involving your ancestors and decorations?

UPDATE – wow what a display of great blog posts about outdoor Christmas decorations! Here are some of the best:

  • Do you remember a simpler time in outdoor Christmas decorations, when putting lights outside was not a blood sport, in the words of Bill at West In New England?
  • Tracy at Multitude of -sens says this was her first year of outdoor Christmas lights and that she managed to coax her husband to put them up on a warm Sunday afternoon.  After that the neighborhood went “all Clark Griswold.”  Kathy at Amore e Sapore de Familigia proudly admits her family proudly covered their house with lights a la Griswold!
  • Not only does Joan of Roots’N’Leaves have an obsession with her outdoor Christmas lights, but did you know she also has 11 peacocks – live ones?
  • Did your town or city have one street everyone called “Christmas Street” with lots of outrageous displays?  A.C. at Generation Ivory remembers his town’s version of that as well as heading to more public displays such as the one at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, UT.

Here is a listing of all Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories posts for today from GeneaBloggers’ member blogs:


Photo: Christmas Lights via flickr.  Used under Creative Commons 3.0 license.

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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