In the 1950s it was not common for individual homes to have outside decorations where I grew up. Most families tried to put the lit and decorated tree in front of a window so it could be seen by those passing by on the street. There were however wreaths on front doors everywhere. Wreaths were usually green with red ribbons on them. Sometimes they had holly berries and pine cones on them. Occasionally you could see a white wreath or a green one with flocking or fake snow on it.
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