January 18, 2019

Shopping for Icicle Holiday Lights

Icicle Holiday Lights–Big Business

Icicle holiday lights have rapidly become one of the biggest trends in the outside Christmas lights.  Just look around your neighborhood anytime after Thanksgiving, and often even before and this is the xmas lighting trend you’re likely to see the most of.  If you’re thinking of joining the pack or even updating your current supply of icicle Christmas lights, here’s what you need to know.

Icicle Lights in Living Color

Icicle lights aren’t just cascading streams of little white Christmas lights anymore.  While some icicle lights retain this original design, many creative versions have spun off this original concept.  Variations in the length of the drops can give the bulbs a much thicker, richer effect.  Color has been added to the familiar icicle lights.  Look for them in the usual white as well as variations in blue, green, red, pink and purple.  For holidays other than Christmas you can find icicle lights in orange, green and even red, white and blue.

Icicle Lights Take Shape

shopping for icicle holiday lightsThe creativity of holiday light manufacturers doesn’t just end with color.  Increasingly there is more and more variety in the shape of icicle lights.  We’ve searched long and hard and found actual lights formed into molded icicles.  Even more unique are icicle lights in the form of stars, Snowflakes, and dangling candy canes.  You can find some of these at www.secureshopping.mcaffee.com/shop/icicle-lights.   For other holidays consider icicle lights in the shape of shamrocks, spiders and hearts.  You’ll find a selection of these items at www.bizrate.com/halloween.decor/oid874690758.html

Where to Find Icicle Lights

You can find icicle lights for the holidays in lots of shopping outlets.  Mass merchants like Walmart, Target, and K-Mart carry a number of low-priced styles each season.  Hardware stores such as Ace also offer the low-cost variety as do home centers such as Home Depot and Lowe’s.  For a more unique selection look to shops that specialize in high-end home décor.  You might like the unusual selections to be found at Little Traveler in Geneva, Illinois or Just Ducky Stores in Naperville and Bolingbrook, Illinois.  For east coasters consider taking a trip over to Fountains of Wayne in Wayne, New Jersey.  You’re sure to find a mind boggling assortment of lights to choose from in that Christmas mecca.  In Michigan, you might try Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth.

Chistmaslights the Easy Way

If shopping in person isn’t your style, let your fingers do the walking by surfing the internet. Here you’ll find an endless supply and variety of icicle holiday lights.  And, if you’d rather not contend with this project yourself or feel the need to purchase the finest quality, long-lasting icicle lights possible, consider consulting a Christmas lighting contractor.  These businesses can provide you a custom-designed and installed display or simply sell you the finest quality and most unique icicle lights to be found.  We even hear an unusual type of permanent Christmas lights are hitting the streets–invisible in summer and available at the touch of a switch in winter.  For information on this type of lighting try www.hclights.com

This Year Make Some of Your Own Christmas Decorations

Holiday Decorations for Do-It-Yourselfers

Hobbyists love Christmas!  In fact many crafters work all year creating Christmas decorations either to sell or use in their own homes or give as gifts.

Popular holiday decorating crafts may be as simple ornaments for the Christmas tree or as complex as creating Christmas wreaths with either natural or artificial pine boughs.  For homemade ornament ideas you might try www.kaboose.com.  This website is chock full of ideas for making ornaments out of simple items you’ll find around the home as well as with fairly inexpensive items available from craft stores like Michaels (www.michaels.com)  and Hobby Lobby (www.hobbylobby.com)

Wreath making–DIY Christmas Decorations

For wreath making, you might want to go traditional and create an evergreen wreath for your holiday decorating project.  Branches can be affixed to wire, styrofoam and a variety of other materials to make natural and attractive Christmas decorations.  For a wreath made with Mother nature’s own materials consult the ehow website for some easy, beautiful hand’s on wreaths you can make with your own energy, love and materials right from your yard and garden.  Enter http://www.ehow.com/how_11072_make-evergreen-wreath.html into your browser.  Yet another site with a variety of wreath making ideas is http://christmas.howstuffworks.com/how-to-make-a-christmas-wreath.htm.

Wreath Lighting–Advent Candle-Style or Electric Christmas Lights?
This year make some of your own xmas decorationsOnce you have your wreath may want to consider some of the various ways to achieve wreath lighting.  Traditionally candles were used and occasionally this is still done today.  Any number of candles can be placed in a fire-proof container and placed in or around your wreath.  Often wreath lighting is specifically of the advent type.  In this type of wreath lighting four or five candles are used. The four candles represent each of the Sunday’s before Christmas.  One candle is lit each Sunday for four weeks before Christmas.  As an alternative a fifth candle may be added which is then lit on Christmas Day.

In addition wreath lighting may be accomplished with today’s more modern and less hazardous method of using electric light bulbs.  Often mini Christmas lights or white holiday lights are wrapped around evergreen boughs to give a beautiful soft glow to the wreath.  Outdoor wreaths can be decorated with the larger c7 holiday lights or even the very large c9 holiday lights.  An even newer outdoor option is the c9 led type of Christmaslights.  Any way you choose to do your wreath lighting, it’s sure that your wreaths lights will add plenty to the festive holiday spirit.