Holiday Decorations in Historic Tappan

Dated: November 25 2012

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It's about that time when the holiday decorations come out.  I'm a bit old fashioned- I wait until the first weekend in December before bringing everything up from the basement.  Some of my neighbors don't finish burping up their Thanksgiving turkey dinner before they start on their lights, but hey, to each his own.  Except for those ghastly blow-up figures that lay on the lawn until they're inflated at night.  Those, in my humble opinion, are just plain tacky.  Anyway, in Tappan, there's a nice tradition that has gotten popular over the years.  Instead of colored lights, the Tappantown Historical Society suggested a white electric candle in each window, along with natural materials, such as pine roping.  The result is a nice old-fashioned scene, especially around the Tappan village green and Main Street.  Some folks like the effect so much that they keep the candles lit all year long, but that's a discussion for another time.

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Thano Schoppel

I have been a resident of Tappan for forty years, and still live in the 1860 Italianate Victorian house my wife Jean and I bought all those years ago. I have always been active in the community, inclu....

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