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Contests Galore; Historic-Home Controversy, Boycotting Inflatables

Stories of Seasonal Decorating is a particularly relevant Curbed National feature in which we commemorate the countdown to Christmas by rounding up decor happenings in neighborhoods, small towns, and cities across the country and publishing 'em at various points throughout the month. Got a local tale of your own? Send it along to the tip line.

LEHIGH, PENN.—More than two-dozen residents have entered their houses/properties in the town's holiday-decorating contest this year. The winner gets a plaque. [Lehigh Acres Citizen]

SPRINGFIELD, MO.— Local shop owners are interviewed about how to best decorate Christmas trees. One respondent points out that bronze and turquoise are growing trends in the industry. [News-Leader.com]

GLOUSTER COUNTY, N.J.— The historic Whitall House on the Delaware River is being given a Christmas-themed facelift this year. "One room will resemble a tavern while another will be filled with such dessert delights as blueberry pie," reports the local paper, also noting that "the party will not draw the affection of historical purists." [Gloucester County Times]

WHEELING, W.V.— A listing for a house-decorating contest explains: "As long as the lights are left on, entrants are not required to be home at the time of the judging." [Trib Local]

HARTFORD, CONN.— A columnist proudly declares her dispassion for all things holiday-decorations related. "I've mentioned that I am not a fan of holiday inflatables," she writes. "I wish I were a bigger person, but there you are. I am not." [Hartford Courant]

· All Stories of Seasonal Decorating [Curbed National]