January 18, 2019

Editor’s Review of Christmas Lighting and Decorating Sites–Part 1

Let Our Fingers do the Walking–Follow us to the Best of Holiday Decorating

Looking for a reliable source to give you novel ideas and sure-fire tips for Christmas lighting and decorating?  Look no further.  Our review editor has done the work for you.  She’s taken the time to hunt down the best of the websites that profess to offer fool-proof tips and ideas to make your holiday decorating a winter breeze.

Xmas Light–Holiday Decorations with Magazine Style

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Rating: A+

www.BHG.com This is the website of Meredith Publishing’s Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.  It doesn’t get much better than this for ideas on Christmas lighting and decorating.  With some of the best writers in the industry, this site’s staff is equipped with a spot-on taste for American trends–including holiday decorating ideas.  You’ll find more ideas than you could ever implement in just one Christmas season. There are so many you’ll have to search through and pick out the ones that best appeal to your sense of style.  Our reviewer noted everything from outside Christmas light ideas to easy Christmas tree lighting tips, as well as suggestions for last minute, holiday décor and more time consuming techniques that evoke elegant vintage themes of days gone by.  Check this one out. You’re sure to find something that appeals to you.

Up Close and Personal–Designers share their Best Holiday Decorating Tips


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Sea Glass Ornaments

For those who prefer getting their holiday ideas from talk-show-style television, there’s this 1 hour on-line holiday decorating show from HGTV with designers Angelo Surmelis and Erinn Valencich.  Here you’ll find ideas submitted by homemakers just like you as well as simple, down-home ideas from the HGTV pros.  Not as uptown-elegant as BHG but certainly full of usable ideas. The only downside here is losing time to the plentiful interruptions of the advertising sponsors.  Check out the novel sea glass ornaments submitted by a viewer–pretty & original.  

This is the first of a series of articles reviewing holiday decorating sites on the internet.  Check back with us for Part 2 and frequent updates with new sites to visit.

Holiday Decorating–Who Spots this Year’s Trends?

The Buyer–In Control of What We Purchase for Holiday Decorating

Every wonder who is responsible for the selection of xmas lighting products and decorations you see in the store?  You may suspect its some unseen buyer somewhere, but what’s the real story behind the Christmas light decorations and products you see offered for sale?

holiday decorating who spot this year trendTruth be known these unseen buyers have a lot of say over what we eventually take home with us for our festive lighting and holiday decorating projects.  If they don’t put it in the stores, it’s unlikely most of us will have the option to purchase it. These buyers job is to preview all of the merchandise offered by vendors and select those Christmas lighting decorating ideas that are sure to sell. If they make too many errors on second guessing you, the customer, their bottom line is sure to suffer.  Then again if they’re perceptive and choose the season’s sure winners, they’re on their way to becoming retailing geniuses.

Trade Shows for Decorations and Xmas Lighting

holiday decorating who spot this year trend 1These days buyers are selecting the merchandise we’ll see at Christmas at a few very important trade shows.  According to “Selling Christmas Decorations Magazine” buyers are most likely to attend the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market, the Dallas Total Home & Gift/Market Holiday & Home Expo, the New York International Gift Fair, the Chicago Market Living and Giving, the International Halloween, Costume and Party Show and the National Stationery Show.

Trends in Christmas Lighting Decorating

holiday decorating who spot this year trend 2Recent trends of note seen at these shows include a focus on nostalgia, natural/green holiday decorations, products influenced or made by skilled artisans, products with African American themes, food items and products that can be easily adapted to other holidays like Halloween and Easter. An example of this type of product is an ornament tree that can be used to display various seasonal symbols.   Whatever the trends this coming Xmas season, it’s sure to be an interesting time when the stores open there doors for us to peruse the aisles of ,merchandising to tempt us into beginning our holiday decorating.

Trends in Christmas Decorations–2009

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Research On Lights Decorations

If you’re getting ready for Christmas and planning ahead for your lights decorations, you might be interested in knowing what the coming season’s hottest trends are likely to be.  Lucky for you, we’ve done a lot of research and can give you a pretty good idea of what’s to come in Christmas lighting decorating for 2009.

Holiday Decorating to Go Green

trends in xmas decoration 1Scanning the market, one of the biggest trends we see coming is movement toward more eco-consciousness in holiday decorating. According to “Selling Christmas Decorations Magazine”, in a recent survey retailers reported that eco-conciousness was a factor in 23% of consumers purchases.  Decreased energy usage, longer lasting bulbs and LED lighting were sited as important considerations.  Bags,  receipts and other waste were also mentioned as customer concerns.

trends in xmas decoration 2The percentage of people looking for “green” Christmas decorations in 2008 was significant and is expected to continue to grow.  Natural products for holiday decorating is just beginning to influence buying habits according to many retailers. It appears environmentally-conscious products are expected to exert a growing influence in holiday decorating, especially among younger buyers.

LED Lighting–An Eco-Concious Product Anticipated to Grow

trends in xmas decoration 3Retailers also reported on holiday decorating products that are expected to continue to exhibit the greatest growth.  These products include indoor décor, ornaments–especially glass ornaments, pre-lit trees and options in LED lighting.

As we near the holiday shopping season you can expect to see retailers add some specific categories to their selections of merchandise for 2009.  More pet items, jewelry and personalized products are anticipated.  Other new and unique items that you may find this coming holiday season include inspirational items, personalized merchandise and foods as well as decorations and ribbons of high quality.  Just as the number of these categories are expected to grow still others are likely to be less prevalent this Christmas.  Trees, greeting cards, collectibles, paper tableware, stationery, inflatables, party goods and potpourri are likely to take up less space on retailer’s floors than in past seasons.