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Christmas 1996 was the first Christmas I (still single at the time) lived in my "own place". I wasn't planning a huge display by any means, but I did want something to be unique.
This particular house had a large windowless wall facing one of two streets the house was situated on. Somehow I came up with was the idea to place a "big tree of lights" on this side of the house. Quite seriously, I drew up the original plans on a Magna-doodle, which was a left over "toy" I had from college days.
The materials for the tree are exceedingly simple and even
quite cheap, but the result was quite nice. The tree is simply made up of three strings of lights:
a green string to outline the shape of the tree, and red and yellow strings for the
The lights were simply wound around nails placed in the wood siding of the
After I finished the tree, it was obvious that something was missing-- it needed a star. A "marquee star" by Noma fit the bill perfectly, and is perfectly-sized for the tree. The white lights "chase" around the perimeter of the star.
For the 2011 season it was time for another
refresh. We replaced all the lights of the tree with commercial-quality LED
lights, which gives the tree much richer color than the aging incandescent
lights used up until now . The Noma star, purchased for the original tree in
1996, is still going strong.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, December 18, 2013