Day 252: Wasaga Beach Christmas House Decorating Contest

11 Decorated Homes For You To Judge This Christmas In Wasaga Beach

All votes must be in by December 22nd for the Christmas House Decorating Contest here in Wasaga Beach. Ballots are available in the Wasaga Sun or you can vote by emailing the Chamber Of Commerce at [email protected]

The decorated homes in Knox Road East are a personal favourite and I’m a bit surprised none are featured. It can only mean these 11 must be something a bit special:

273-39th Street South; 92 Silver Birch Avenue; 25 Ventor Crescent; 5 Virginia Avenue; 184 Wildwood Drive; 61 Dyer Drive; 22 Bush Crescent; 63 Georgian Glen Lane; 50 Dunkerron Avenue; 86 Wildwood Drive and 1935 Shore Lane.

Did you know that the tradition of using small candles to light up the Christmas tree dates back to at least the middle of the XVIIth century. However, it took two centuries for the tradition to become widely established first in Germany and soon spreading to Eastern Europe.

Candles for the tree were glued with melted wax to a tree branch or attached by pins. Around 1890, candleholders were first used for Christmas candles. Between 1902 and 1914, small lanterns and glass balls to hold the candles started to be used.

In 1882, the first Christmas tree was lit by the use of electricity. Edward Johnson lighted up a Christmas tree in New York City with eighty small electric light bulb. He also created the first string of electric Christmas lights that were then mass produced around 1890. By 1900, department stores started using the new Christmas lights for their Christmas displays.

Looking for inspiration for next year? Check out this video:

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