Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Lights on Christmas Eve: A Western European/North American Tradition

Happy Christmas... Everyone

Hey everybody, remember this? Although this is probably not the first computer-controlled Christmas light display in history, it's most certainly the first to have gone viral across the internet. 2005, according to our recollection. Here's a little trip down memory lane for veteran web surfers:
Christmas Lights Gone Wild
Well... time and technology march on. After an extensive Google search, we're linking a few more of the latest of these Christmas-themed light displays, proving among other things, that plenty of people in America possibly still have the Christmas spirit (and possibly way too much time and money on their hands,) even during this recession plagued Christmas season:
El Paso Christmas Lights
Amazing Perth Christmas Lights 2008
Computerized Christmas lights Carol of the Bells
2008 Hallum's House Of Lights Computerized Christmas Lights Display
Whether any of these has upstaged the original is anybody's guess.

As an added bonus, Wikipedia has a fine article, tracing the history of Christmas lighting over the years, just to put it all in context.

Happy Christmas... Everyone! (Courtesy of John and Yoko)


Rafiki said...

Happy Holidays to all you WC Forum contributors!

Wm M said...

Merry Christmas fOrumTOWN ...

If you can't be merry at Christmas, then you can at least drive the rest of us 25th Street evildoers home when we are!

We'd rather live with the sinners than die with the saints ...

As we start the New Year, let's all get down on our knees and thank the Lord we're still on our feet ...

Health and prosperity to you all ...

Wm M said...

... sorry, forgot ... Rudi -

Thanks for the Happy Christmas feed ... a classic ...

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear
And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let's stop all the fight

Curmudgeon said...

To All:

Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, Salaam Alaikum, Feliz Navidad, Live Long and Prosper or Merry Christmas... take your pick [or, considering that Ogden City is named after the great mountain man and bourgeois of the Hudson Bay Company, "whatever floats your stick."]

Neil Hansen said...

To All My Democrat Friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or explicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious,

socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday,

practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices

of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice

not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling

and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2009, but

not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have

helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the

only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color,

age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

To My Republican Friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!!!

Curmudgeon said...

[Curmudgeon quietly reminds the author of the above that it was not Democrats or liberals who objected to "Merry Christmas" as a greeting. Rather, it was wing-nut whacko conservative Bill O'Reilly and allied Christianist fruit-loops who objected to being greeted with "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings." Just to keep the record straight....]

googlegirl said...

Ugly Christmas Lights.Com

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