Notes About This Exhibit:
Between 2000 and 2010 brothers Bill and George Nelson documented the history of Christmas tree lighting in a web site that Bill started and George took over after his brother's death. In early 2010, George became too ill to keep the site going, and it shut down abruptly some months later. The editors of FamilyChristmasOnline.com asked the Nelson family's permission to restore the site, then began an extensive reconstruction effort, cobbling together files from many sources to reconstruct George's "Antique Christmas Light" page as closely as possible to the 2008 version, the last year when George did substantive work on the site. Subsequently, friends have sent us additional files that made it possible to reconstruct the 2001 and 2003 versions of Bill's site, each of which have unique features.
One feature George added toward the end was Greg Hendershot's history of angel chimes. When we contacted Greg for help restoring that section, he was able to send us enough files to begin this restoration - the 2006 version of George's site. This represents George's first major revision of the site he inherited from Bill. If you compare the sites, you'll see that George has tried to "clean up" the organization, remove some of Bill's bits that George thought irrelevant, and begun to add new features that reflected his own interests.
Like our other restorations of the Nelson brothers' sites, the text and graphics are based on Bill and George's work, though changes in brower technology, etc., have required significant editing of the photos and HTML "behind the scenes." For that reason, we ask that you request permission before reusing significant amounts of text, code, or photos from this exhibit.
We have also updated the contact and link information so that you can (hopefully) reach folks who will help you with your questions or research.
Within the pages' content, "I" or "this collector" in the page content refer to the late authors, usually George.
Regarding permissions, we ask simply that any graphics or text be credited as follows:
Copyright(c) 2000-2010 by Bill and George Nelson, used by permission of OldChristmasTreeLights.com.
For questions about this exhibit, please contact us at http://www.oldchristmastreelights.com/contact.htm.