Decorate Your Front Yard for Christmas

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Have you ever wanted to show off to neighbors, friends, or family during the holidays by making your house stand out during Christmas? Well, you can!

Decide what kind of lights you want to decorate with.
Buy Christmas lights. You can find these on sale in November or early December.Walmart is a good place to buy them.
Examine your electrical outlets. Do you have any outside outlets, or a porch light? These will be your source of power for your lights.Use garage outlets if you have them.
Evaluate your front yard and house to determine where you will put your lights. If you have a tree in your yard, you can put lights on it, you can use ice lights on your roof, or you can spiral lights around railings and banisters. Use whatever you have to make your house unique.
Put up your lights. If your goal is to have the best lights on your street, take into account what your neighbors have done, but don't copy what they do. Be creative and have fun with your lights. When you have a small space, make the most of it. Three strands of lights can make a small space impressive if you arrange them the right way. If you have a large space, spread your lights all across your yard.
Remember, there are many options for lighting. You can use all white, colored, motion lights, a reindeer, trees, and Santas.
Nativity scenes are best when lit so consider buying an outdoor floodlight or spotlight to shine on your scene. If you have an evergreen tree in your yard, decorate it. A star adds a nice touch.
A wreath or garland on the door gives your house a nice feel. Don't be shy. Experiment with your options. If you aren't satisfied the first time, take down your lights and rearrange them.

What you don't want your house to look like!
What you don't want your house to look like!
You can add to your house's appearance by putting lights in your windows. Get suction cups with hooks to keep the lights up.
If you put lights up in your windows make sure that they match the other lights.
Have a theme. Use all white lights set up neatly, or have colored motion lights scattered over your bushes. Decide what you want before you begin.
Get great decorating ideas from the best by checking out Christmas light websites like the Tacky Light Tour
Straight lights work better on straight roofs while icicle lights work on slanted roofs.
Putting the Christmas tree by the window makes everything come together.
Remember to turn the lights on.

Don't overload electrical outlets. Read warnings on the lights and outlets. Generally only 3 strands of lights should be used on one outlet.
Don't procrastinate. Put your decorations out at least one week before Christmas. This will give you time to plan everything out.
Use only lights that are safe for outdoor use.
Don't get into a competition with your neighbors, unless it's fun spirited. Remember, Christmas is not about sticking it to the family across the street.
Avoid large decorations and overcrowding. You don't want to cram too much into one space.


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