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We are officially in the holiday season here at Markey’s. Although it looks a little different than in years past, we are still joyous and thankful.  To keep with the holiday theme, here are some holiday conversation starters in our favorite categories of video, lighting, audio, décor and of course, audience engagement!

VIDEO  |  BEST HOLIDAY FILM
Everyone has their own opinion when it comes to naming the best holiday movie of all time. It can be a very personal thing and can be dependent on many factors. We did a quick survey with our team from various Markey's offices across the country and the responses were incredibly unique with very few repeat answers. We even had someone from our Florida office respond with Die Hard as their favorite holiday film... not quite as classic as It's A Wonderful Life but still a great option for watching this holiday season! What's your favorite holiday film?
LIGHTING FUN FACT |  CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 
During the 1880 holiday season, Thomas Edison introduced the first outdoor electric Christmas light display to the world. He displayed the lights outside of his laboratory compound, which sat near a railway where many people could see it each night. This was the first official outdoor Christmas display that was separate from decorating just the Christmas tree.

Edward Johnson, who was an inventor under the supervision of Thomas Edison, created the first string of Christmas lights a couple of years later. The string of lights was made out of 80 small electric light bulbs. In 1890, the strings of lights were mass-produced and department stores began displaying them in Christmas displays in their stores. Public displays of Christmas lights in retail stores and government buildings became more popular in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century and gave way to outdoor displays on homes a few decades later when the electric lights became more affordable.
AUDIO  |  CHRISTMAS MUSIC
With Christmas quickly approaching, you've probably heard a Christmas song somewhere along your merry way. What's amazing is that most of the traditional Christmas carols we still sing and hear today have been around since the 1800s. There are not many genres of music that can claim to be over 200 years old. Is your favorite holiday song a classic like the Carol of Bells or a more modern Christmas song like Run DMC's Christmas in Hollis...or maybe it's somewhere in between!
DECOR FUN FACT  |  MISTLETOE  

Mistletoe was held sacred by the Norse, the Celtic Druids, and Native American Indians, because it remains green and bears fruit during the winter when other plants seem to die. Druids thought the plant had the power to cure infertility and nervous diseases, and to ward off evil. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe started in ancient Greece, during the festival of Saturnalia and later in marriage ceremonies, because of the plant's association with fertility.

AUDIENCE ENGAGAMENT  | CELEBRATING ACCROSS THE GLOBE
Many holiday traditions are amazing ways to get everyone involved and celebrating together. Traditions are what make the holidays so magical, and while you may already have some that were passed down from your childhood, it’s never too late to start a new one.

Here are a few ideas: 
  • Bake and Decorate Holiday Cookies or a Gingerbread House
  • Watch a Holiday Movie Each Sunday Night in December
  • Have a Christmas Tree Campout
  • Complete a Holiday Puzzle
  • Hold an Ornament Exchange 
  • Drive Around To See Holiday Lights
  • Volunteer or Donate to a Food Bank
  • Sponsor a Family in Need
  • Make Your Own Advent Calendar
  • Open a Gift on Christmas Eve
  • Do a Family Video Interview Each Year Asking The Same Questions
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