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Welcome to program 284 of Shortwave Radiogram.

I'm Kim Andrew Elliott in Arlington, Virginia USA.

Here is the lineup for today's program, in MFSK modes as noted:

  1:35 MFSK32: Program preview (now)
  2:45 MFSK64: The History of Christmas Decorations in America
  7:23 MFSK64: This week's images: holiday pole decorations*
27:22 MFSK32: Closing announcements

* with image(s)



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From The Saturday Evening Post:

The History of Christmas Decorations in America

Nicholas Loud
December 22, 2020

Americans take their Christmas decorations seriously.

Be it Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick's feud in the holiday
movie Deck the Halls or angry New Yorkers criticizing the
lackluster 2020 Rockefeller Christmas Tree, people from across
the 50 states are clearly passionate about the aesthetics of
Christmas. However, this fervor surrounding the grandeur of
Christmas trees, ornaments, and lights in the U.S. is not a new
development. Instead, the history of Christmas decorations in
America tells a long story of religious traditions and modern
technologies as they intersected and changed across centuries.

The story of Christmas decorations begins millennia ago, even
before the first Christmas. Green fir trees were first used by
pagans during Roman times to celebrate the winter solstice and
other seasonal festivals (including Saturnalia, the Roman
festival of lights that Christmas day is currently based on). The
trees were adorned with natural decorations like pine cones,
berries, and nuts, and later with candles and other handmade
ornaments. The "modern" Christmas tree first emerged in the 15th
or 16th century, when Christians in modern-day Germany adopted
the tradition of the tree as a symbol of everlasting life with
God. It was during this time that many classic Christmas
ornaments first appeared, including the angel at the top of the
tree and the classic German bulb-shaped ornament. Interestingly,
the first synthetic Christmas trees were also developed at this
time, as those who couldn't afford trees built pyramids of wood,
which they decorated with paper, apples, and leaves to mimic the
appearance of green firs.

German immigrants brought these practices with them to America in
the 18th and 19th centuries. However, the traditions of the
Christmas trees, candles, and ornaments were promptly rejected by
Puritanical religious groups for their historically pagan
connotations. While many foreign-born Americans continued to
practice these traditions amongst themselves, it would take an
event on the other side of the Atlantic to change many other
Americans' minds.

In the late 1840s, a published depiction of England's Queen
Victoria celebrating Christmas with her German-born husband,
Prince Albert, and their family around a decorated evergreen tree
circulated throughout the U.S. Queen Victoria was said to be
quite taken with German Christmas traditions, and soon enough
wealthy Americans — many of whom were intent on replicating the
lifestyles of their European counterparts — adopted the
practices. Large shipments of German-made ornaments were imported
into the U.S., and many American artisans tried their hand at
creating decorations. President Franklin Pierce even got in on
the action, putting up the first White House Christmas tree in
1856. Yet still, Christmas decorations were not commonplace for
all Americans, instead limited to immigrant communities who
decorated for tradition and wealthy enclaves who decorated for

This all began to change in the late 1800s, thanks not to the
whims of European Victorians, but rather American inventors and
businessmen. Once electricity was developed by Thomas Edison (or
Nikola Tesla depending on whom you ask), industrious Americans
sought to use the new technology for a bevy of applications,
ranging from the telegram to the electric streetcar. In 1882,
Edward Hibberd Johnson — vice president of the Edison Electric
Light Company and an inventor in his own right — was living in
one of the first "wired" areas of New York City. As Christmas
approached, Johnson had the bright idea of replacing the
fire-prone candles that he used to decorate his tree with a set
of specially made electric bulbs. In the parlor room of his home
at 136 East 36th Street, Johnson hand-wired 80 red, white, and
blue light bulbs, attached them to a generator, and strung them
all around his tree. The tree was visible from the street below,
attracting the attention of passersby and eventually the national
press. "At the rear of the beautiful parlors, was a large
Christmas tree presenting a most picturesque and uncanny aspect,"
wrote the Detroit Post and Tribune when describing Johnson's
tree. "It was brilliantly lighted with…eighty lights in all
encased in these dainty glass eggs, and about equally divided
between white, red and blue….One can hardly imagine anything
prettier." ...

Christmas decorations have a contradictory history in America. On
one hand, they originated in private homes, bringing comfort to
German immigrants familiar with the traditions and other
Americans who found peace, hope, and joy through them during the
holiday season. On the other hand, Christmas decorations have
always been designed to garner the public's attention, be it from
wealthy urbanites trying to emulate Victorian culture or modern
families hoping to show off the newest and brightest lights
technology has to offer. Perhaps it is these unique dualities
that make Americans so passionate about their decorations.




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You are the manager of a strip shopping center on the south side
of town. It has fallen on hard times. The anchor discount
department store and supermarket have left. You still have the
dollar store, the pet grooming parlor, the vape shop, the sub
sandwich carryout, and the shoe repair place owned by Theo, who
is probably 80 years old now.

Anyway, your task is to purchase holiday decorations to place on
the light poles in the parking lot for the next holiday season.
Here are some choices from Holiday Outdoor Decor

Good luck and best wishes for the holidays.


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