Traditional Christmas trees have been lit for weeks in communities across the United States,
and now being joined by giant menorahs for the Chanukah week, how is the lights brighten community parks and family homes.
For some Americans holiday season is the time to be creative without door displays.
This man in New Albany Indiana has spent thirty five hundred dollars to decorate his front yard, for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.
“I’ll live for it. I’d rather do something for somebody else than there for myself, that’s just, that’s who I am.“
Neighbors often compete.
This house in New York State is decorated with 215 thousand lights and surrounded by dozens of reindeer, snowmen, Christmas trees, Santas and other traditional figures.
But a family in San Antonio Texas has chosen a display of lights and music with the Star Wars theme.
In private homes traditional decor also competed with new ideas, this lady in northern Colorado decorates her home with more than 1000 Santas.
While many families want something new and different, traditional colors and shapes get updated with new designs and materials.
“It’s very brass and silver a lot of mixed contemporary ideas this year.“
Schools, businesses and organizations use the opportunity to bring awareness to issues and causes they support.
A Christmas tree park in San Jose California displays trees with religious as well as social and political messages, which some people find inappropriate.
“For Christmas you celebrate the birth of Christ and what he did for us.“
But organizers say any display is acceptable as long as it’s not vulgar and discriminatory.
“It’s not our job to judge, it’s to accept and there are many different religions, there’s many different organizations that participate.“
And while there is still time for Christmas preparations, New York City is getting ready for its spectacular New Year’s Eve party.
Two huge numbers that will make up 2018, arrived to the city Wednesday.
And that two hundred lightbulbs were tested to make sure they work during the countdown to midnight.
Zlatica Hoke VOA News Washington.