SOMERS, N.Y. - Senior citizens around town remember the days when Christmas lights and decorations were scarce. It was during World War II. Most ornaments came from Europe at that time, especially Germany and Czechoslovakia.
My grandmother had some gorgeous ones shed brought to this country in 1910, said local resident, Jeanne Pitta, 78. New decorations were scarce during [World War II]. Even wrapping paper was scarce. We saved it and ironed it to use again. And you couldnt get ribbon. People still bought trees but they used whatever ornaments they had. We were supposed to conserve electricity for the war effort.' And of course there was an official blackout after dark. You had to hide your lights.
After the war, it was as if the world lit up. Everybody wanted to celebrate. People started hanging lights along the rooflines. And after that, along came plastics and more and more lawn ornaments.
Outdoor holiday decorations continue to be a neighborhood delight. Watch the video for some local examples in Somers, from Shenorock to Lake Purdys and everything in between.
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