December 14, 2018

Festive Lights Add Sparkle to Outdoors

patioBrighten Outdoor Spaces Using Festive Patio Lights

Opportunities abound when considering festive patio lights for use on your private patio.  One fun idea is to hang window boxes on a deck railing aglow with patio lights.  Make sure to purchase appropriate size window boxes to cover an evenly spaced portion of the deck railing.  A good rule to follow is to cover about a third of the available space.  Too few window boxes will make the patio lights seem cheap and understated while too much decoration will overwhelm the viewer with too many patio lights.  First, plant the window box with any of your favorite greenery.  One example is fragrant rosemary trees.  Next, hang the planted window box on the deck railing.  Then, cut garden stakes the height of the plants and insert them into the soil.  The stakes will support the patio lights but will be hidden by the plants.  Lastly, wrap mini string patio lights through the stakes and around the plants.  The number of patio lights needed depends on whether a subtle delicate decoration is desired or a bright fiery bold display is most wanted.  Patio lights can transform and outdoor living space from a cold wintry area into a warm inviting radiant atmosphere.  When springtime comes, pretty flowers can replace the patio lights in the window boxes for a warmer and more colorful display.  Decorate your patio or deck this holiday using bright and cheerful patio lights in versatile window boxes. 

 

Radiant Wreath Lights To Add Charm To Private Spaces

Hanging a wreath chandelier illuminated with wreath lights will create a festive decorative touch to any outdoor living space.  Hang the horizontal evergreen wreath decorated with wreath lights upside down.  The first step is to purchase an artificial evergreen Christmas wreath with battery-operated wreath lights and timer already attached.  Pre-lit battery-operated Christmas wreaths with timers attached eliminate unsightly cords and provide the convenience of not having to regularly turn on wreath lights.  Next, measure the diameter of the wire frame on the back of the wreath.  On the porch ceiling where the wreath lights are needed for illumination, attach five cup hooks in a circle matching the size of the wreath.  Hang the wreath from the cup hooks and decorate with Christmas ornaments around the wreath lights.  A chandelier made out of wreath lights can be a fun and symbolic way to decorate during the holidays.  The circular shape of the wreath symbolizes God’s eternity and unity.  Evergreens symbolize the persistence of life during the long winter months.  After the holidays are over, the ornaments can be taken off and the wreath with wreath lights can remain as a decorative illumination on the porch during the winter months as a reminder of the persistence of life.

 

Create A Wintry Scene By Applying Snowflake Lighting To Outdoor Objects

Snowflakes, as a symbol of the winter season, make a fun and joyful shape to novelty string lighting.  Snowflake lighting can easily transform outdoor shrubbery and evergreen trees into cheerful decorations.  A search through stores or over the internet will yield various snowflake lighting shapes and sizes from many manufacturers.  Large snowflake lighting looks particularly lovely on large evergreen trees that will be viewed from a distance.  Smaller snowflake lighting can be used on smaller displays appropriate for closer-range viewing, for instance, topiary trees placed near an entrance to the home.  The serenity, peace, and tranquility of snowflake lighting make a perfect welcoming symbol.  Be sure to decorate with many strings of snowflake lighting this holiday season to warmly welcome guests to the calm, peaceful beauty of your home.

Cheerful Yard Lighting Makes Holiday Merry

 

lighted houseDevelop A Plan Before Setting Out To Buy Christmas Lights

An uncoordinated and mismatched Christmas lights display will make any festive holiday yard hope for better.  When planning to buy Christmas lights for a special yard display, keep in mind basic principles of art and design:  unity, variety, balance, contrast, proportion, and pattern.  Buy Christmas lights with attention to unity.  Make all yard decorations coordinate to tell one story/theme.  An example would be a monochromatic white lights display illuminating trees, shrubs, house, doorways, wreaths, and special decorations.  A second design principle to consider when setting out to buy Christmas lights is variety.  Variety is important to emphasize visual diversity emphasizing different forms and types.  A key factor to keep in mind is to use the same type of light throughout the entire display but use different types of light displays including tree lighting, shrub lighting, wreath lighting, outlining walkways, outlining buildings, and novelty lighting.  Balance is another important consideration when intending to buy Christmas lights.  A Christmas lights display looks best when the yard lighting is balanced throughout the property and not on one side only or in one small area.  Buy Christmas lights keeping in mind contrast between light and dark.  Carefully light dark areas to focus on shapes and interesting forms like an evergreen tree, a wreath, or a doorway.  Consideration of proportion is helpful when planning to buy Christmas lights.  A large yard can easily handle large Christmas light displays including light strings with large C9 bulbs or a plethora of mini lights.  A great way to add proportion and illusion in a holiday display is to light a large object while highlighting several smaller objects.  Some large items to focus on are a house or a large evergreen tree.  Pattern is important to keep in mind when setting out to buy Christmas lights.  Light strings are easy to manipulate and hang in a pattern.  A swirling pattern of light strings draped in trees looks particularly lovely during the holidays.  Hanging tree lights can create a look of activity and excitement in anticipation of the season.  A well thought out plan can create a beautiful festive holiday lights display and make a trip to the stores for Christmas lights more enjoyable when knowing exactly what to buy.

 

White Mini LED Lights Don’t Mix Well With White Incandescent Mini Lights

Mini LED lights are energy efficient and a smart choice when replacing traditional incandescent mini lights.  White mini LED lights give off a different color, however, and don’t mix well with white incandescent lights.  Mini LED lights give off a cool bluish white tint while incandescent lights give off a warm yellowish white tint.  To avoid replacing all lights at the same time, people try to mix mini LED lights with incandescent.  This does not work well and should be avoided.  Mini LED lights are a smart choice and should be used exclusively with other LED lighting.

 

Create Sparkling Scenes Of Wonder And Joy With Festive Lighting

Festive lighting brings joy to many.  Festive lighting inspires the soul and illuminates the Christmas spirit within one’s essence.  Festive lighting is the beacon of peace within a crazy holiday time.  Festive lighting gives a touch of holiday spirit to the dark winter nights.  Festive lighting makes our holiday yards joyful, inspirational, peaceful, and spiritual.

Decorate In Old World Style Using Vintage Christmas Lights

 

Christmas Light Displays Have A Colorful History vintage

Electric Christmas light displays have been popular for more than a hundred years.  The first reported Christmas light displays radiated bright and colorful lights.  Although light sets have changed over the years, Christmas light displays remain constant in their ability to bring happiness, cheer, and joy to all who witness them.  The Antique Christmas Lights Museum, located at  www.oldchristmaslights.com, is chock full of historical information on Christmas light displays.  Information on light sets, lamps, bubble lights, lighted candles, novelty lights, tree toppers, table-top trees, music and lighting companies throughout history is available on the website.  Check out the transformation of Christmas light displays since the late 1800’s and learn how people around the world have celebrated Christmas.  The irresistible appeal of Christmas light displays make our world more colorful and festive so we can celebrate the holidays with family and friends.

 

Brilliant Christmas Tree Lights Adorned The First Christmas Tree

The first Christmas tree lights are believed to have radiantly glowed on a Christmas tree set up by Mr. E. H. Johnson, President of the Edison Company for Electric Lighting.  Mr. Johnson was interested in electric house lighting and came up with the idea to entertain his children with a festive Christmas tree brilliantly lit with Christmas tree lights.  In the early 1880’s, the magnificent Christmas tree lights were shown to his children and their friends in their home at No. 139 East 36th St., New York.  The 120 multi-colored Christmas tree lights showed bright on the six foot high tree.  The radiant Christmas tree lights are reported to be the most brilliant and colorful lights the children had ever seen.  They all looked on in amazement as the Christmas tree lights sparkled as the brilliant tree revolved.  A motor at the base of the tree made it revolve in a steady regular motion.  The Christmas tree lights were divided into six sets.  One Christmas tree lights set was lit at a time displayed on the front of the tree as it went round.  The first Christmas tree lights set was colored pure white.  The second vision of Christmas tree lights displayed were red and white followed by yellow and white and then other colors.  Mr. Johnson can be credited with providing happiness and cheer to many generations of people who have admired his Christmas tree lights.

 

bubble lightsBubble Lights Used To Be The World’s Most Popular Christmas Light

In the 1930’s, a man named Carl Otis, an accountant for the Montgomery Ward Company, had an idea for bubble lights to be used on a table top sign display.  His idea continued into small bubble lights he called, “Ornamental Illuminating Devices” specifically meant for Christmas trees.  Other inventors around the same time were also producing bubble lights and it is reported that Benjamin Franklin first came up with the idea for a bubbling liquid inside sealed glass tubes.  Otis, however, is regarded as the inventor of Christmas bubble lights.  While he was waiting for the Christmas bubble light patent to be approved, he sent a sample to ten electric Christmas light manufacturers.  The Noma Electric Company was the only one interested.  Noma began producing the bubble lights but because of World War II restrictions and materials shortages, they didn’t become popular until the mid-1940’s.  Others tried to copy the bubble lights but Noma remained the number one seller.  Noma manufactured  bubble lights until the 1970’s.  Bubble lights were hugely popular and remain decorations on Christmas trees today.

Technological Advances Make Holiday Lighting More Fun

 

Battery Christmas Lights Can Be Used In Non-Traditional Ways

Perhaps you’ve seen A Charlie Brown Christmas where Snoopy decorated his dog house with battery Christmas lights and won first place in the neighborhood’s lights and display contest.  Now, you too can decorate with battery Christmas lights. 

 

christmas dogHow about decorating the family pooch with LED battery Christmas lights?  Today’s LED battery Christmas lights allow you to safely give your pet that holiday glow and entertain your guests at the next holiday party.  LED battery Christmas lights are cool-to-the-touch and comfortable to wear.  What can be more fun than hanging icicle lights from your Great Dane or decking your little white dog out in multi-colored LED battery Christmas lights.  So this year, put the “fa la la” into your pooch’s attire with today’s new LED battery Christmas lights.  Decorating with holiday lighting has never been more versatile or easy to adapt to new and creative applications.  With a little imagination, you can illuminate almost anything and bring that Christmas spirit into all parts of your life.  Your pet, car, or even that favorite holiday sweater can sparkle and shine with the glow of battery Christmas lights.

 

Outdoor Xmas Decorations Require Planning and Thought

When illuminating the exterior of your home with Xmas decorations, it is important to have a plan and a theme.  Without both, the resulting Xmas decorations can look like a horrifying display of color and texture.  The number of Xmas decorations available in stores today can result in the, “Hey, it’s on sale and it will look good in my yard this year” mentality.  This holiday enthusiast buys whatever Xmas decorations are on sale with no thought to design, theme, or color.  When home, the Xmas decorations are set up and lit upon dark.  A riot of color and lack of balance confuses the senses.  Neighbors desire that the Xmas decorations be taken down.  A smart decorator will begin with color.  Balance is also important in Xmas decorations.  This will ensure a good flow of attention across your Xmas decorations display.  Novelty yard Xmas decorations require a theme.  It’s not a good idea to place The Grinch directly next to a nativity scene.  Mixing themes in Xmas decorations will look cluttered and out of control.  Be careful, however, of sparsely decorated exteriors.  For example, the thin white outline of lights along the gutters and roof lines looks clean and consistent but is overdone and sterile.  The best Xmas decorations strike a balance between the conservative approach and the non-color coordinated chaos.  Remember always, exterior Xmas decorations are about having fun and expressing creativity.  If unsure, get a second opinion and have a happy holiday.

 

The Little Xmas Lights That CouldC7 LED

One year ago in a distant China workshop, there was a happy little strand of LED Xmas lights that knew it would soon be illuminated and admired.  It was shipped to a store where many unimpressed eyes looked at it then put it back on its shelf.  Many months passed and hope dwindled while the LED Xmas lights sat in the store unlit.  After Christmas it went on sale and remained unhappy in the store.  A few more months passed and during the long hot summer the Xmas lights almost lost hope.  The Christmas season came again, however, and this time there was an increased interest in energy efficient LED Xmas lights due to a weak economy.  The little strand of LED Xmas lights was purchased this time and displayed on a grand Christmas tree to be admired by many.  The LED Xmas lights shined brighter than all the other lights that Christmas.

Irresistible GE Holiday Lights Create Festive Illumination

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Contemporary Holiday Lights Have More Than a Hundred Year History

Today’s holiday lights have a long history beginning with the General Electric Company, GE.  With its inception of the invention of the first practical incandescent light bulb designed by Thomas Edison, GE’s roots began in 1878. GE is proud to herald itself with a tradition of innovation.  Today, GE is considered the largest company in the world.  GE reports to have provided the basis for modern life with their life changing innovations of power and light.  GE has a continual history of product innovations, including the first holiday lights.  It is reported that the first Christmas tree with electrically lit holiday lights was displayed in December, 1882, in the New York home of Edward H. Johnson, and associate of Thomas Edison.  Electric holiday lights are still hung in this manner more than a century later!  Not only that, Christmas trees decorated with electric holiday lights have become an iconic symbol of Christmas.

 

The Energy Efficient LED Holiday Light Is Becoming Increasingly More Popular

Major retailers are stocking more GE LED holiday lights this year in anticipation of consumer demand for the product.  It is reported that one major retailer expects 65% of its holiday lighting sales to come from LED holiday lights.  The reason for this comes from the economic and ecological advantages that LED holiday lights provide.  Energy efficient LED holiday lights provide many benefits including using little power consumption, long life, recyclable, environmentally friendly, dimmable and programmable, quick turn-on, light-weight and compact, and hard-wearing.  LED holiday lights use 90% less energy than traditional incandescent holiday lights.  GE reports that each LED holiday light string uses 80% less energy costing less than $1.00 per season to operate.  Some LED holiday lights manufacturers report that their lights illuminate between 50,000 and 100,000 hours.  GE has a five year limited warranty on their LED holiday lights with a 20,000 hour rated LED life.  LED holiday lights contain no mercury and are recyclable.  LED holiday lights are dimmable, programmable, cool-to-the-touch, and turn on quickly.  LED holiday lights are durable, break-resistant, light-weight, and compact.  GE also reports to have an exclusive “Constant On” technology that allows the LED holiday lights to function even if a single LED light is loose or not working.  The many economic and ecological advantages are the reason that LED holiday lights are becoming increasingly more popular and quickly flooding the holiday light market.  Jump on the LED bandwagon and brighten your holiday decorations with GE LED holiday lights.

 

New Products Intended For Other Uses Can Be Used As Holiday LED Lights

Holiday LED lights can come from other sources than advertised Christmas lighting products.  LED light products have so many advantages that they can be used for many purposes, including holiday LED lights.  GE introduced a robust and patented LED Tetra lighting system that is reported to burn 15 times the brightness of other LEDs.  GE produced these long-life, high efficiency systems for use indoors and out.  Some applications that LED Tetra lights are used for include signage, architecture, transportation, and display lighting.  Although not produced for holiday LED lights, these power house little lights have received national attention from their use in the 42-inch tall, star-shaped tree topper used on the 2007 and 2008 National Christmas Trees in Washington, D.C.  Holiday LED lights are a smart choice when purchasing Christmas lights.  Make your holiday decorations radiate this year with energy efficient holiday LED lights.

Name Brand GE Holiday LED Lights Are Nationally Known

ge led christas lightsGE Holiday LED String Lights Are Available Online

If you’re looking for GE brand holiday LED string lights this year, check out the website, SantasBest.com.  Santa’s Best Craft has a licensing agreement with General Electric to make and distribute all GE holiday LED string lights.  Information on purchasing LED string lights or replacing holiday bulbs is available on the website.  The website also has live online help from a customer service representative and email contact if information is needed about LED string lights.  Questions about LED string lights can also be answered by call Santa’s Best Craft toll-free at 1-877-398-7337 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. U.S. Central Time. 

Popular String Lights Come in a Variety of Styles and Colors

String lights come in a variety of colors and styles making them a popular choice when decorating for the holidays.  Every color of the rainbow can be found in string lights providing endless creativity when planning Christmas décor.  String lights are available in multi-colored sets or monochromatic colored sets.  Monochromatic white string lights have been especially popular in recent years.   Some of the GE holiday LED string lights that are available are crystal miniature lights in multi and soft white lights, net style lights in multi and soft white lights, and icicle style lights in multi and soft white lights.  GE LED pre-lit trees are also available to those who do not want to string lights on their Christmas tree.  String lights provide many decorating possibilities when planning for the holidays.  String lights can be used indoors or outdoors.  String lights can be wrapped around Christmas trees, garland, wreaths, or other greenery.   String lights look beautiful when placed in or around table-top displays.  A large hurricane filled with string lights and glass ornaments sparkles with opulence and adds a special touch to Christmas decorating.  Fireplace mantels topped with garland that has been covered with string lights glow with beauty.  The beauty and splendor of decorating for the holidays with string lights makes a very special time of year filled with fun and joy.

 Will GE LED Christmas Tree Lights Grace The National Christmas Tree This Year?blue capitol

The 2009 National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 3, 2009 in Washington, D.C.  Will the 2009 National Christmas Tree be decorated with GE LED Christmas tree lights?  The 2007 and 2008 National Christmas Trees were outfitted with GE LED Christmas tree lights.  As of last year, GE had a 46 year history of donating lights for the National Christmas Tree.  The design and materials have been donated every year since 1962.  In 2007, most of the lights were replaced with LED Christmas tree lights.  The 2007 LED Christmas tree lights made that year’s tree 100 times more energy efficient than previous years.  The LED Christmas tree lights on the 2008 tree were further designed to be 50 percent more energy efficient than the 2007 LED Christmas tree lights.  How will GE improve upon that success this year?  The good news is that the LED Christmas tree lights used in the 2007 and 2008 trees will last 10 times longer than traditional incandescent lights used in previous years.  The GE LED Christmas tree lights used during the last two years should have many more years of lighting left in them.  These GE LED Christmas tree lights should grace the National Christmas Tree this year and for many years to come providing much cheer and joy to all who see it.

Energy Efficient Solar Powered Christmas Lights Save Money

 Solar-Powered-Christmas-Lights_F5BB07F9Brighten the Season With Christmas Decorating

Bright and colorful lighting in Christmas decorating can ignite the holiday spirit and make the season merry.  Energy efficient solar powered Christmas lights can be a smart choice for any Christmas Decorating.  There are options to make Christmas decorating less expensive and more ecologically friendly than traditional electric Christmas lights.  Solar powered Christmas lights are the answer to smart Christmas decorating.  Solar powered Christmas lights work by absorbing energy from the sun during the day to charge rechargeable batteries that power illumination during the night.  There are no electric bills to pay for Christmas decorating when using solar powered Christmas lights.  An added benefit to Christmas decorating with solar powered Christmas lights are the more ecologically friendly LED light bulbs that use less energy to shine and last much longer than traditional Christmas light bulbs.  Christmas decorating can be fun and easy with solar powered Christmas lights.  Since no power cords are needed, solar powered Christmas lights can be hung easily wherever the sun shines making Christmas decorating flexible.  Christmas decorating can be fun by hanging solar powered Christmas lights in non-traditional ways.  One Christmas decorating idea is to spell out “Merry Christmas” in the middle of a lawn.  It is simple to place the solar panel in the middle of a lawn and decorate around it without worrying about people or animals tripping over long electrical cords.  Radiate your outdoor Christmas decorating with solar powered Christmas lights.

 

Make the Season Sparkle With Christmas Tree Lights

Light up your outdoor Christmas trees with solar powered Christmas tree lights.  It’s become a tradition for people to decorate a Christmas tree with Christmas tree lights to celebrate the holiday season and make their lives merrier.  It’s so exciting to see Christmas tree lights progress from bottom to top in anticipation of a beautiful radiant tree and the blessed holiday season.  Christmas tree lights are so important in creating a festive cheerful spirit.  Many people can watch Christmas tree lights for hours memorized by their beauty.  Solar powered Christmas tree lights are a smart choice for people who are concerned with energy efficiency and with “being green.”  Solar powered Christmas tree lights cost less to use and last longer than traditional Christmas lights.  Make your holiday decorations glow this year and invest in solar powered Christmas tree lights.

 

Decorating With Patio Lights Can Extend Beyond The Holidays

Solar powered patio lights can bring cheer and celebration to any outdoor living space.  Patio lights can make spending holiday time outdoors more festive.  Patio lights can create a sense of peace and calm during the hectic holiday season.  After a busy day of shopping and holiday preparation, relaxing outdoors with patio lights and other decorations can encourage a sense of harmony and balance by proper illumination.  Solar powered patio lights can be hung for the holidays and then left to brighten one’s spirit all year long.  Solar powered patio lights with LED light bulbs and rechargeable batteries will last many years.  Enjoy the luminary effects solar powered patio lights provide all year long.  Patio lights are not just for Christmas.

Outdoor Christmas Lights Keep Holiday Magic Alive

Smart Decorators Use LED Tree Lights2led tree

As municipalities trim their holiday budgets this year, they can trim their outdoor public holiday Christmas trees with energy efficient LED tree lights.  Many towns have cut their holiday budgets in an effort to save tax payer dollars in an economy where many are financially stressed.  LED tree lights are a smart answer to how to save money while sharing a bit of cheer within a community.  LED tree lights are reported to use 90% less energy than traditional tree lights.  LED tree lights have a much longer bulb life and are reported to last between 50,000 and 100,000 hours.  LED tree lights can be used for many more years saving tax payers money over the long run.  Tax payers will also be impressed to know that LED tree lights are Energy Star approved products.  LED tree lights may save money but they do not scrimp on beauty.  LED tree lights are just as bright and beautiful as their traditional counterpart.  LED tree lights glow with brilliance and bold illumination making them a radiant decoration for any Christmas tree.  The City of Chicago puts up a beautifully decorated Christmas tree in Daily Plaza every year.  In the past, the tree was built out of many smaller trees aligned together to make one large shaped and very tall Christmas tree.  This year, in an effort to save money, a single tree about a third smaller and donated from a nearby suburban family was chosen for display in the Plaza.  Unfortunately, the tree has been compared to the meager tree Charlie Brown chose in the movie, A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Like in the movie, this is a good time for people to reflect upon the true meaning of Christmas.  The Daily Plaza Christmas tree will look just as beautiful this year when fully decorated with its LED tree lights and other decorations.  The radiant energy given off by the LED tree lights will give many much cheer and joy this holiday season.  The Daily Plaza Christmas tree may not be as tall and full as in previous years but it will ignite the holiday spirit within many who have the privilege to see it.

 Festive Lights Remain a Top Priority for Many Municipalities

Some cities have decided to do away with their large decorated public Christmas tree this year in an effort to save tax payer dollars.  Fortunately, festive lights can be displayed in other ways keeping the holiday magic alive while answering the need for reduced budgets.  Cities can create holiday magic by placing festive lights on parkway trees, lamp poles, novelty decorations, or outlining public buildings.  Different shaped festive lights, like snowflakes or starlight spheres, can add a lot of interest with minimal usage.  Festive lights have been a popular Christmas tradition creating a special time of year with fun and hoopla.  Festive lights can help make the holidays more joyful and celebratory encouraging community and kinship.

 

Create Joy Among Children With a Holiday Lights Trainbigger train

Many children and children-at-heart have a fascination with trains and with a holiday lights train.  Popular Christmas gifts throughout the past few decades have been train related thus creating more interest in a holiday lights train.  A jolly service a community can provide to its children is to run a holiday lights train complete with a decorated train and visits from Santa and other lovable childhood characters.  The holiday lights train can take off from the local train depot and run for a short trip returning home.  While en route, Santa and other characters can visit with riders in each train car sharing the Christmas spirit with all.  A holiday lights train can spread cheer and joy to children of all ages.

Save Your Outdoor Christmas Décor For Display After Thanksgiving

 

 

turkeySeparate Your Lights Decorations For Specific Holidays

When decorating for the holidays, it’s important to concentrate lights decorations on one holiday at a time.  Lights decorations can look cluttered and unattractive if more than one holiday is represented.  Christmas lights decorations should be saved for display after Thanksgiving.  Some people like to hang lights decorations in their trees during the fall when the weather is warmer and at their convenience.  This is fine as long as the lights decorations are not lit until after Thanksgiving.  Some people like to decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Lights decorations that change colors for different seasons are just the answer for this interest.  An internet search of holiday lights will produce lights decorations that can be colored orange and purple for Halloween and then changed to red and green for Christmas.  During the month of November, these lights decorations can remain hung but unlit then simply changed colors for the Christmas season.  It’s also important to remember that after the New Year, people do not want to see lights decorations lit.  Many homeowners associations have rules allowing for specific time periods that lights decorations can be hung and lit.  Specify a specific holiday when planning your lights decorations this season.

 

Take It One Holiday At A Time When Decorating With Yard Lightinglights

Yard lighting can look quite lovely and add a special feel during the festive holiday season.  When more than one holiday is represented in yard lighting, the look gets confusing and appears unorganized and poorly planned.  Every year it seems the Christmas yard lighting goes up earlier and earlier in the season.  It has gotten so the pumpkins are barely gone from Halloween when some eager decorators are already displaying their yard lighting.  This early display of yard lighting can be annoying for some.  The unwritten rule of decorating used to be that the Thanksgiving turkey needed to be cleared from the table before the yard lighting was lit.  There are a few who are more than annoyed and who take action.  One radio station in the Chicago suburbs has a service to help decorators learn the rules.  Eric and Kathy, disc-jockeys, at 101.9fm, WTMX take emails at angrypilgrim@wtmx.com from neighbors who can’t stand the early Christmas yard lighting on display before Thanksgiving.  Eric and Kathy send their “angry pilgrim” producer Swany out dressed in his pilgrim outfit to the offending house at the crack of dawn to take down the yard lighting and other decorations that have been prematurely displayed.  Later that morning, Eric and Kathy call the house to tell the owners that their yard lighting has been taken down but will be given back after Thanksgiving.  Decorators need to be careful with the timing of their Christmas yard lighting or Swany, the angry pilgrim, will show up at their doorstop and create a cheerless holiday.

 

Decorate Each Holiday With It’s Own Novelty Holiday Lights

Swany the angry pilgrim will also take down novelty holiday lights if they are put up too soon.  Star-shaped, snowflake-shaped, or other novelty holiday lights will be targeted for take down if they are displayed before Thanksgiving.  Don’t make Swany the angry pilgrim mad by putting up your novelty holiday lights before Thanksgiving.  Set up your novelty holiday lights up after Thanksgiving and it will be a fantastic, wonderful, beautiful Christmas holiday.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Decor

 

 

The Grinch Stole Everything But Left The Christmas Tree Lights grinch

The Grinch, an unhappy and miserable soul, hated everything about Christmas including the Christmas tree lights.  He tried to steal Christmas one year when I was a child.  I was eight years old when I came out of my room on Christmas morning and looked under the tree and there was nothing there except Christmas tree lights.  Needless to say, I was devastated.  However, the bright Christmas tree lights gave me comfort.  The Christmas tree lights were there for me that year and have been every year since.  For me, it truly isn’t Christmas until the tree is set up and the Christmas tree lights are aglow.  Those Christmas tree lights symbolized to me the true meaning of Christmas.  No presents or other decorations will ever be their equal.  So even though the Grinch stole Christmas that one year, the lack of presents helped me focus on what, for me, is the most important part of holiday decorating, Christmas tree lights.

 

The Christmas tree is the first decoration that goes up in our house.  Its selection, a usually tedious process, requires a trip to our Boy Scout tree lot and the display of at least a dozen trees before the very perfect nine foot Fraser Fir is selected.  The tree is then strapped to the top of our family sleigh, otherwise known as the minivan, and transported home.  There, it is carefully brought into the family room and set up in its stand.  After a half hour of careful adjustments, the tree is secured.  Now the fun part begins.  My twenty strands of multi-colored Christmas tree lights are carefully wound around the branches until the tree is ablaze in Christmas tree lights.  Strands of ribbons, sticks of feathers, balls of glitter, and ropes of beads complete the tree’s dressing.  Then, hundreds of sentimental ornaments are presented; each one collected over the years and each one a keepsake.  They are carefully hung by the loving hands of my family.  Now I can sit back and relax as I remember Christmas’ past and I admire my beautiful Christmas tree and Christmas tree lights.  I remember back to the year the Grinch stole Christmas and reflect upon its true meaning.

 

The Holiday Lights Star Shines Bright

Miraculously, the Christmas decorations magically reappeared on the Who-ville town tree topped with a beautiful holiday lights star.  The holiday lights star showed bright throughout all of Who-ville, lighting the town throughout the night.  The holiday lights star was a reminder to all Who-ville residents that Christmas is a time for family, togetherness, and loving your fellow neighbor.  To the Grinch, the holiday lights star was a reminder that Christmas means more than presents and shopping in a store.  His heart grew that Christmas.

 

Outdoor Christmas Light Displays Make It Feel Like Christmas

Just like the story, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch can never truly steal Christmas or the outdoor Christmas light displays.  Christmas is inside our hearts and everyone has a Christmas tradition involving outdoor Christmas light displays that helps them remember the true meaning of Christmas.  Christmas comes whether there are outdoor Christmas light displays or not and the key is remembering why it is coming for you.  Outdoor Christmas light displays are a reminder of why we celebrate Christmas.   If there is love in our hearts, then outdoor Christmas light displays will always make it feel like Christmas.