June 27, 2019

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.

Use a Live Tree Inside and Plant it Outdoors Later

Christmas Tree Lights… Outdoor Extravaganza


Outdoor Christmas Trees–A Little History

As early as 1912, North America began to see the use of Christmas tree lights outdoor.  One of the first places where lights were used on trees was in Boston’s public areas.  Soon thereafter many other communities followed suit until today where it is rumored there are as many outdoor Christmas trees as there are indoor ones.

 The Living Outdoor Christmas Tree 

If you want to join the outdoor Christmas tree crowd, consider planting an actual permanent tree in front of your home.  A permanent live tree adds color, life and even oxygen to your yard and its surroundings all year long.  At Christmastime you can then do some outdoor Christmas tree lighting of your own.

Yet another way to be “green” and eventually add a tree to your yard is to purchase a live Christmas tree–roots and all.  These trees are dug up in their entirety and placed in a container.  You simply leave the tree in the dirt for Christmas and when the holiday is over you plant it in a pre-dug hole in your yard.  After a few years of doing this you can reforest much of your yard, while never killing or wasting a good tree.                                                                                                                

Landscape Lighting and a Perfect Tree 

During the winter months many of us are looking for ways to brighten our yards.  Landscape lighting and plantings that maintain their color during the winter are two common ways to accomplish this goal.  So adding a tree to the yard makes sense in more ways than one.  When the holidays come along you have the additional opportunity to step up the color when you add outdoor Xmas light to your trees and yard.

Whatever you choose, adding a tree to the yard is an investment in the future.  Light it now or light it later.  Or better yet plant it after using it indoors. 

 Happy holidays from us—- at the site for Outdoor Christmas Lighting Ideas!