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Merry Christmas From All Neon Signs

lit_christmas_treeAll of us here at All Neon Signs would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. At this special time of year, we hope that you can take some time off of work to spend with your friends and family. No matter what your Christmas traditions are, take this opportunity to relax, reflect and soak up the magic of the season.

We take Christmas very seriously here in our office. Our business is producing lights, and there is a strong link between the Christmas season and light. The meaning of the season seems to be encapsulated in the warm glow of bright lights on a cold winter’s evening. That is one of the reasons that so many Christmas decorations are illuminated.

The tradition dates back to 18th century Germany. Before tinsel, strings of twinkling lights and ornaments of every type, people would decorate their Christmas trees with candles. The candles would be fixed to the tree branches using melted wax or pins. Almost 100 years later, they began using candle holders, and the link between Christmas and light was solidified.

Electric Christmas tree lights did not become popular until electric power became widespread, but the first ones appeared in 1882. Edward H. Johnson, an associate of Thomas Edison, had 80 custom made incandescent light bulbs built specifically for his Christmas tree. At the time the decoration was seen as a publicity stunt, but beginning at the turn of the century, businesses started to incorporate electric lights into their Christmas displays. The first electrically lit Christmas tree to brighten the White House came in 1895. The iconic Rockefeller Christmas tree was first adorned with lights in 1931.

The use of electric Christmas lights spread quickly, but it was not until the 1950s that they became standard in many American homes. The tradition has only grown since then. Christmas lights migrated from the tree to banisters, mantels and eventually the outside of houses. Now, many neighborhoods have coordinated lighting displays, or hold competitions to see who can turn their home into a festive winter wonderland. Wherever you go around Christmas, you can see lights of every shape, size and color lighting up the night, sometimes modestly and sometimes spectacularly.

At All Neon Signs, we can’t help but love this illuminated time of year. Around our office and warehouse, we have put up bright signs in the shape of Christmas trees, snowflakes and reindeer. Even at work, the Christmas spirit is infectious.

It is our sincere hope that the stress of the holiday season has melted away so that you can enjoy a great meal, the exchange of thoughtful gifts, rounds of Christmas caroling, glasses of eggnog, the joy of children, and the too-rare opportunity to gather the entire family. Merry Christmas from the entire team at All Neon Signs. We hope that your holiday season is filled with light.

 

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Thanksgiving in America: A Holiday for All

Thanksgiving is unique among American holidays. Unlike most other major celebrations, it has no religious or political connection. It is simply a time for people to gather together, enjoy a great meal, and think about the things they are thankful for. Thanksgiving is a holiday no matter where you came from or what faith you subscribe to.

thanksgiving-mealHistory of Thanksgiving
Historians disagree about the exact date of the first Thanksgiving. It is unlikely that the Puritans of the 17th century ever dined on turkey and potatoes with the local Indians, but the celebration is almost as old as the country itself. In 1795, President George Washington made an official proclamation setting aside February 19th as “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.” At the time, and for many years after, Thanksgiving was celebrated in a religious context as a time to give thanks for the blessings of God.

In 1863, with the Civil War raging, Abraham Lincoln made another proclamation about Thanksgiving. He set the date as the last Thursday in November, the day it is still observed on today. Before this, Thanksgiving was celebrated on a different day in every state, but President Lincoln made it into an official national holiday.

Thanksgiving Meals
For some Thanksgiving remains a religious holiday, but for many it is simply a time to come together and enjoy a great meal. Turkey and stuffing are the traditional dishes, but some people prefer to break with tradition. Immigrant families often use Thanksgiving as an occasion to cook their favorite dishes from their native lands. Some families allow each member to pick a favorite food, from macaroni and cheese to pizza, and serve them all as a feast. There are Thanksgiving meals based around fish, soup or vegan dishes. The point is simply to cook foods that everyone enjoys as a reminder of life’s good fortune.

Thanksgiving Traditions
Watching or playing football are common Thanksgiving traditions, but most families have their own traditions that they come back to year after year. Some spend the morning of Thanksgiving going for a family hike or running a 5K. Many families have a favorite movie that they always watch after everyone is stuffed from the meal. In one unusual instance, a family saves all of the bones from the turkey and tries to reassemble the skeleton as a kind of jigsaw puzzle. After these traditions are repeated over and over, they become as essential to the holiday as the favorite foods.

Thanksgiving in the Military
Military families understand better than most that Thanksgiving is not about the food or the yearly rituals, but simply being together with each other. It is not easy for any family when one of its members is deployed, but it is always harder around the holidays. Thanksgiving, being such a fundamentally American holiday, would not be possible were it not for the sacrifice made by the brave men and women in the military. You have a lot to be thankful for, but this Thanksgiving, be sure to keep military families in your thoughts and be grateful for the sacrifice they make for us all.

 

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