Can you believe Christmas is almost here again; where did 2017 go? Here in Big Valley wonderful Christmas displays have been lighting up our December nights.
Begun in North America, the tradition of outdoor Christmas light displays have evolved from simply decorating the Christmas tree and house with candles to spectacular outdoor light displays that have become a worldwide phenomenon. Every year, the Christmas season will find many of us driving around to see houses covered with beautiful decorations and colorful holiday lights.
Thomas Edison introduced the first outdoor electric Christmas light display in 1880 and by 1890, strings of lights were being produced, with department stores exhibiting them in Christmas displays in their stores. But because they were small, expensive and often dangerous, the average family’s only light display option continued to be lighting up the tree with candles and placing it in front of a window for people outside the house to see.
In 1927, the first safe outdoor Christmas lights were introduced to the public. 90 years later, we can marvel at the beauty and creativity people express as they decorate their houses. Merrily lighting up the holiday nights, those simple candles have given way to massive outdoor displays that can attract visitors from miles away and bring out the competitive spirit of people.
Here in Big Valley we will, once again, be holding the “Best Decorated House Contest” as village and rural residents come together to celebrate “Christmas in the Village” on Friday, Dec. 22 beginning at 5 p.m. Come take a hay ride through Big Valley and check out the lights as villagers vie to win the contest sponsored by the Rodeo Association.
While you’re here, enjoy free chili and an assortment of scrumptious treats at the Community Hall. Check out the last minute Christmas shopping and a children’s craft table organized by the Friends of the Big Valley Library. Enjoy first-rate entertainment brought to us by Rosco, the Big Valley Ukulele Club and our own Original Cowgirls. At the Arena, the Big Valley Ag. Society will offer free skating, hot dogs, hot chocolate and a bonfire.
We invite you to join us for an evening of family fun in our wonderful village as we celebrate the holiday season. From the community of Big Valley, we would like to wish one and all a Merry and Magical Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.