David's Reformed Church Congregation

David's Reformed Church Congregation
Congregation of David's Reformed Church, Montgomery Co, Ohio, Circa, 1900

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - December 5 - Outdoor Decorations

Ludlow Falls, Ohio

We have never really had the opportunity to place many decorations outside our home.  We have no electrical outlets outside, so our outdoor Christmas cheer is limited to a wreath, a couple of flags, and some greenery.  I do have a lighted angel that hangs in the front window of our home and I usually have some lights that are visible from outside.  But, when I think of outdoor decorations what comes to mind the most are the times when we would load the kids into the van and take a drive around the city to see what displays our neighbors had created.  Our favorite sight to see was is one gentleman who for years would dress as Santa and stand in his kitchen window and wave to cars as they drove by. People would actually stop their cars and walk up to take his picture.  He became so popular that it became a traffic problem in his neighborhood.  As far as I know, he may still be performing his act to this day.

One event that was held annually for almost a half a century was the Christmas light display at Ludlow Falls, Ohio.  Each year the firefighters of the town would donate hours of time stringing thousands of lights across the waterfall.  During the periods of time when there was snow and ice on the ground, it was a spectacular sight to see. The best thing was that the event was open to the public and free of charge. It was truly a gift from the firefighters to the town. After enjoying the lights, you could enjoy the warmth of the firehouse and also grab a cup of hot chocolate.  Unfortunately, due to economic concerns, the holiday lights display ended a few years ago. It such a shame that new generations of children will never have the opportunity to see the beauty of that waterfall all dressed up for Christmas.


  1. No outside lights at our home again this year but a lot of nice memories, including driving around looking at lights. I love taking walks after dinner just to see the neighbors lights. Even though I take the same route and see the same lights, they are always a joy. Thanks for sharing.

  2. How beautiful!! I can't believe I never heard of that before ~ I lived a big hunk of my life up in Mercer County. We used to come down to Dayton to go shopping sometime. Thanks for sharing the great pictures.

  3. I lived on Friend Street in Ludlow when I was a child and I remember seeing the falls decorated for Christmas. It was really something to see then. Thanks for sharing! SG

    1. My father use to be the town Mayor...once upon a time. It's been a long time since we have been back....great memories...I remember the bon fire too

  4. Hi there! My family and I are the current care-takers at the Ludlow Falls Church Camp. It is true that the Fire- fighters don't decorate the falls with lights anymore. I remember as a child going to see them as well. Such wonderful memories.