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Revisiting My Childhood Holiday Memories

Looking for Christmas lights on a drive around town.

When I was a young boy, my father took our family for a drive around town to look at homes decorated for Christmas. Now a father myself, I took my son for a drive through the area to relive my childhood memories, and start some new ones for him.

This gallery is just a sample of what we saw, and not a boast of the best houses to see by any means. Just a look at some interesting displays of holiday spirit. Some are as simple as a doorway or balcony, others are more extravagant.

Feel free to add your own favorites and inspire others to come see what you've seen. Merry Christmas.

Ken McQuade December 25, 2011 at 08:17 PM
Sometimes more is not better.
Heywood Jablome December 26, 2011 at 06:17 AM
Pretty sure that was his point
Barbara LoPrete December 26, 2011 at 12:18 PM
The best xmas house for me and my family was across the street from the Marina in Verplanck - I've regretted its absence ever since the family moved away. Happy Holidays to all.
Ralph Boerner December 26, 2011 at 02:30 PM
The holidays, be they Easter or Christmas, lose heir luster when your mother dies on Good Friday and is laid out on Easter Sunday, and your father is buried on Christmas Eve. I should know, it happened to me, when I was in college. I was able to graduate with high honors, but, I've never been able to celebrate the holidays since then. 30 years. Too painful. I have anesthetized myself, as far as the holidays are concerned.
Michael Nowicki December 26, 2011 at 03:40 PM
Any reason that all the pictures are of houses in Westchester, when this is the Nanuet patch?
William Demarest (Editor) December 26, 2011 at 04:35 PM
No matter where you are and where the house is, a nicely decorated home can help inspire holiday spirit. Please share photos of your home decorated for the holidays on Patch.
F*** December 26, 2011 at 07:25 PM
Do you ever stop complaining? LoHud is even worse.
F*** December 26, 2011 at 09:26 PM
You do leave a lot of whiny comments.
John Patrick Schutz December 27, 2011 at 04:39 PM
I am very sorry for those who feel they lose the holidays because of the loss of a loved one on or around the time of the celebration, but it is not impossible to celebrate despite. Christmas was my beloved Father's favorite time of year and his lawn displays were always appreciated by friends, neighbors and our family. We lost him two years ago on December 22, my uncle (my Mom's only sibling) 2 years before that on the 23rd. We always remember them in our prayers before the meals and in our toasts at the end - and we celebrate and decorate and light up our homes even more in memory of these special men, and their devotion to the church and their enjoyment of Christmas. We celebrate as an additional way to remember them. I'm sorry Ralph above has felt he needed to numb himself (I can understand!) but maybe his mother and his father would rather he had not given up those special days? We all have our own paths to tread and Ralph has chosen a hard and lonely one, my wish for him is that maybe next Christmas he could try to find some joy in the holiday again, in memory of his Dad and Mom. Happy New Year to you Ralph, and know that there are others who do understand what it is like...

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