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Broad Street Christmas lights

Alan writes:
'Broad Street January 1989 The Christmas lighting was most sensible back then.Did the tree have jolly coloured lights then or was it still the miserable white ones we have these days?'
Picture added on 16 December 2004
The tree outside the cathedral is a gift from the people of Grimstad in Norway: birthplace of Earls Rognvald and Magnus. The Norwegian tradition (and it is their tradition after all: pinched by the Victorians) is to have only white lights. Go to Norway at this time and you won't see a single coloured light (or a flashing one, or an illuminated Santa....). In fact, traditionally (that word again) you'll only see a Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve, when the religious festival, rather than the commercial one, begins.

IMHO it's tasteful rather than "miserable"... but that's just my opinion.

Added by Leslie Burgher on 23 December 2004
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