December 16, 2017

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.

Preparing for the Season of Christmas Decor

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Indoor Christmas Lights 

Decorating with indoor Christmas lights can add happiness and festivity to one’s home during the holidays.  Many ideas on decorating with indoor Christmas lights can be found researching on the internet, looking through magazines, talking to friends, and looking at commercial displays in public places like the local mall.  Use indoor Christmas lights to decorate Christmas trees, accent banisters and walkways, light-up indoor shrubbery, highlight windows or door frames, or even use as part of a table-top display.  Themed Christmas trees are the latest craze with all decorations coordinating to tell a story accented by indoor Christmas lights.  Another popular trend in recent  years is to wrap shrubbery and indoor Christmas lights around banisters to highlight movement through a home via walkways.  An idea some people use year-round is to drape indoor Christmas lights over shrubbery in the home.  This is particularly beautiful on artificial trees.  Some people chose to frame windows or entry points in their home with indoor Christmas lights.  A creative and fun use of indoor Christmas lights is to loosely drape them through table-top displays or even fill large hurricanes or vases with them.  Indoor Christmas lights add a radiant glow to the festive holiday and they can be a fun, creative way to enjoy the season. 

 Outdoor Christmas Lighting– Share Your Holiday Spirit

Sharing the joy of the holidays by decorating with outdoor Christmas lighting is a wonderful way to give back to neighbors.  Like indoor Christmas lights, many ideas for decorating with outdoor Christmas lighting can be found over the internet, in magazines, or by driving around town.  Outdoor Christmas lighting can be used to decorate trees, emphasize pathways, accent shrubbery, frame buildings, and light novelty yard displays.  Evergreen trees make wonderful outdoor Christmas trees when wrapped with outdoor Christmas lighting.  Outdoor Christmas lighting can also be used to accentuate walking paths with the use of string lights or posts.  A popular use of outdoor Christmas lighting is draping string lights over shrubbery and wrapping string lights around trees.  Some people like to decorate their home with outdoor Christmas lighting by outlining windows and doors or roofs and eaves.  A fun use of outdoor Christmas lighting is decorating the yard with displays like the nativity scene or popular characters like Santa.  Outdoor Christmas lighting is a cheerful way to share your holiday joy with family, friends, and neighbors. 

 Inspiration And Joy from Commercial Christmas Lighting

Perhaps the best part of commercial Christmas lighting is the cheer many people can enjoy from the massive opulent displays in public places.  Commercial Christmas lighting can be found on lighting pole mounts, banners, garland, animated displays, and decorations on city streets, parks, malls, hotels, and building fronts.  Commercial Christmas lighting usually has the advantage of a larger budget than that of individuals.  Pole mounts are typically decorated with a novelty shape and accented with commercial Christmas lighting.  Banners and garland are perfect for street roads and parks and look particularly lovely when accompanied with commercial Christmas lighting.  Among the options for animated displays with commercial Christmas lighting are building front mounts, silhouettes, or even giant figures like nutcrackers or angels.  Commercial Christmas lighting can help radiate street or park paths and brighten public buildings like government offices, malls, hotels, and other public places.  Enjoy the magnificent commercial Christmas lighting displays this year around your home.

Movies Prominently Display Christmas Tree Lights Outdoor

  

Take Inspiration From Award-Winning Christmas Decor

charlie brown treeIn the 1965 A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown, with Lucy’s encouragement, sets about the task of finding a Christmas tree to embellish their school’s play with Christmas décor.  The tree lot is almost sold out but Charlie Brown picks the only live tree left on the lot, a small baby tree.  Upon returning to school, the kids laugh at Charlie Brown’s tree and tell him it is not festive Christmas décor.  Unhappy, Charlie Brown leaves with the tree wondering about Christmas décor and the true meaning of Christmas.  He passes Snoopy’s doghouse with Christmas décor proudly displaying a first place ribbon from the neighborhood’s lights and display contest.  Charlie Brown takes an ornament from Snoopy to use as Christmas décor on his tree.  The baby tree is not strong enough to hold the Christmas décor and it falls to the ground.  Charlie Brown’s friends, realizing they were too hard on him, show up and use all of Snoopy’s Christmas décor to decorate the baby tree.  Later, Lucy and the gang admit Charlie Brown picked a nice tree with beautiful Christmas décor, and they all shout, “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!”

 

Create Joy During the Holidays– Decorate With Outdoor Holiday Lights

Although not displayed until the last part of the movie, the 1954 musical White Christmas, shows a beautiful white light treeChristmas tree with outdoor holiday lights.  Guests at the Columbia Inn in Pinetree, Vermont are decorating the tree with outdoor holiday lights while an anxiously-awaited fresh new snow lightly falls on them and the tree creating a magical mood for the climax of the movie.  This evokes powerful emotions as the audience witness’s true friendship.  Lighting can change a mood and outdoor holiday lights can create an irresistible and jovial festive season.  Outdoor holiday lights add visual appeal to any scene.  Decorating with outdoor holiday lights can be as simple as hanging them on a Christmas tree to as complicated as layering lighting for more complicated staging.  In recent years, the lighting in many popular movies has become more layered and complicated as technology advances.  The ornament hanging and stringing of lights at the end of White Christmas create a calm mood before the audience’s emotions were intensified with the surprise climax.  Outdoor holiday lights are a powerful component of staging and can create powerful emotions in holiday decorating.

 

Unify Community Spirit With Christmas Light Displays

Many communities prominently display a large Christmas tree adorning Christmas light displays in a common area of town like a town square.  In the 2000 movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, an in-town Christmas tree is decorated with Christmas light displays to encourage festivity and joy to all the merry and warm-hearted Whos in Whoville.  The Grinch, an unhappy catlike creature with a heart too small, doesn’t like the happiness created from the Christmas light displays and sets out to ruin the Who’s fun.  The Grinch wreaks havoc when he goes into town and at one point, burns down the Christmas tree with its Christmas light displays.  Although trying to prevent Christmas from coming, the Christmas tree with all its Christmas light displays magically reappear within minutes and Christmas comes none-the-less.  He soon realizes Christmas is more than presents and Christmas light displays and from then on his heart grew triple its previous size.  Christmas light displays can bring cheer and joy to everyone in a community and help unify the people.

What are LED Christmas Lights?

In recent years, LED Christmas lights have proven to be a more durable, energy efficient and cost effective way of illuminating your home around the holidays. They use much less wattage, they run 50-times longer and are safer all around. But what exactly is this technology, and more importantly, why is it so much more efficient than the run-of-the-mill incandescent bulbs?

Why LED for Holiday Lights?

what are led xmas lights 48Let’s look at a little history of LED technology: The discovery of LED technology is thanks to a Russian radio technician named Oleg Vladimirovich Losev who discovered in the 1920s, that the diodes in radios emitted light. In fact, LED stands for light-emitting diode. LED technology is based on the movement of electrons through a electric diode and when the diode is turned on, energy is released in the form of light.

While Losev is credited to the discovery, any practical use wasn’t discovered until the 1960s when a General Electric employee named Nick Holoyak Jr. developed the modern light-emitting diode. But it wasn’t until 1968 when Hewlett Packard found a real use for the technology in their calculators. Since their inception, it has been realized that LED technology was much more energy efficient than using incandescent lighting, but was more expensive because it required a more exact science. It was in 1998 when LEDs were being used for Christmas lighting.

what are led xmas lights 48 1LEDs Used in Christmas Decor

Today, America is beginning to switch over to LEDs in all aspects such as lawn lighting, outdoor home lighting and Christmas lighting. In 2007, the famous Rockefeller Center tree in New York City was illuminated with 100% LED lights. In today’s tough times, the fairly new technology is gaining large momentum in the holiday decorating industry is saving businesses and consumers lots of money by cutting back 75% of holiday energy consumption while stimulating the economy.

Go Green With Solar String Lights

Make things easier for yourself with solar string lights

During a hectic holiday such as Christmas, worrying about extension cords, over-crowded outlets and remote-power sources are the last thing you want to do. Why not eliminate the problem by investing in solar string lights? Cheap and ecologically-friendly, solar string lights can illuminate your house and cost you nothing on your electric bill at the same time. Easy and safe to install, you will no longer have to worry about running power cords throughout your house just to ensure your holiday decorations work.

Steal my sunshine

Solar string lights are powered by the energy of the sun, charging the batteries during the day. It is important that the solar panel is exposed to enough light for about three hours a day; otherwise, the solar light batteries will not be fully charged, resulting in some lackluster holiday décor. Although this might get frustrating at times, the benefit of solar string lights is that they can be placed virtually anywhere, even indoors, as long as they are exposed to light.

Depending on the mood you’re trying to set, solar string lights are available in a wide array of colors and styles. White lights are available for a simple but elegant look while colored lights create a more energetic atmosphere. They even come in different shapes such as butterflies for the spring or pumpkins for the fall. Needless to say, you don’t lose out on any creative elements by investing in solar string lights.

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This Holiday Season, Let the Professionals Set Up Your Outdoor Christmas Decor

Outdoor Christmas Décor can be a Hassle
This Holoday Season Let the Professionals set up your outdoor christmas decorEvery year, as the holiday season approaches, millions of Americans arm themselves with ladders, lights and boxes of ornaments for the purpose of decorating their homes for Christmas. While some enjoy the work that goes into this process, many consider it a burden and may even opt to not decorate at all in order to spare themselves the trouble. But for a nominal fee, those who want their homes to exude holiday cheer without them having to put in the labor can hire decorating professionals to give their yards a look that will slow the pace of any passers-by.

This Holoday Season Let the Professionals set up your outdoor christmas decor 1Besides the obvious benefits of not spending the time to decorate and avoiding the risk of injury, those who hire professional decorators also gain the luxury of an outside perspective when it comes to the design scheme of their outdoor Christmas décor.

“It’s obvious when a person has hired a professional to decorate their home or business,” said Robert Bralich, owner of the Christmas Décor franchises in SE Wisconsin. “The look is clearly superior, we use higher quality materials than the average person has access to and we work with our clients to design a look especially for them.” Bralich added that other benefits include freeing up the client’s time over the holiday season by not having to set up, take down and make periodic checks to ensure their lights are working properly. All of that is taken care of by his company. And for businesses, Bralich noted that employee and customer moral is at its highest when in a well-decorated environment.

“Plus,” said Bralich, “when a person attempts to decorate a home or business themselves it often comes across as tacky. More often than not, a person will over-do it with the lights to the point that you can see them from the moon. But when you hire professionals, your home or business is given a tactful shine that will grab the attention of anyone who sees it.”

This Holoday Season Let the Professionals set up your outdoor christmas decor 2Contribute to the Design with Novelty Lighting

And for those who want their home or business to have a professional look, but still want to contribute to the decorating process, there are slews of novelty Christmas lights and ornaments that are sure to add the personal touch you’re looking for. These can range anywhere from traditional plastic Santa and snowman statues to inflatable Christmas-themed Simpsons characters and many more.

So this holiday season, take the hassle out of your outdoor decorating by leaving it to the professionals. While they do the work, you and your neighbors are free to sit back and admire the splendor of a well decorated home.

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Bralich, Robert: owner of SE Wisconsin Christmas Décor franchises. Interviewed on the phone 6/17/09. 414.351.1925