December 16, 2017

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.

Christmas in July

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Christmas in July 

 

A Summertime Party Idea Complete with Outdoor Christmas Lights

 

Celebrating Christmas in July is one cool way to cool off.  If you’re bored with the heat and looking for a way to divert yourself, you can celebrate Christmas in July.  For this event, plan an off-the-wall party complete with outdoor Christmas lights, a Christmas tree, a visit from Santa and gifts for all.

 It’s unclear just where this idea came from, but according to Wikipedia we may be able to attribute it to a girl’s summer camp in North Carolina.  It seems that in 1933 Camp Keystone celebrated Christmas in July. Very likely this is where the phrase we refer to was coined.

 In 1940 a movie by this name was released.  The main character wrongly believes he has won $25,000 and buys gifts for his family and girlfriend.  Shortly after this time, the US Post Office was involved in an early mailing campaign of this name.  The purpose of the campaign was not to promote Christmas tree lighting, but rather to encourage early mailing of packages and cards to servicemen serving in WWII. 

 It may interest you that in parts of the world the dead of winter is actually in July.  In the southern hemisphere, if you’re looking for a wintry Christmas the best way to obtain it is by celebrating it in July.  In the mountains of South America, in Australia and even at the South Pole, wintry celebrations of Christmas have been used as lighthearted tools for celebration as well as for marketing purposes.  One resort in Australia is known to have hosted such a party when spurred on by a group of Irish tourists. 

 Needless to say there are people around the globe who use the “Christmas in July” theme as just  another reason to have a party.  In such cases, individuals and groups have been known to light an outdoor Christmas tree, add indoor Christmas lights to their homes and use wreath lighting for a festive effect. Then they proceed to eat, drink and be merry, and give gifts.

 The gift-giving portion of the idea resonates with retailers who may often get on-board and use this idea as a promotional tool.  Sometimes the concept is used to clear out sale merchandise that has accumulated.  Sometimes it’s used in tourist areas where stores sell high-end collectibles to primarily women shoppers on vacation.  On Cape Cod, the concept can be seen at work in the Christmas Tree shops, which do a bustling summer business with visitors looking for a pre-holiday bargain. Fabric and craft shops are yet another type of retail store that benefit from this practice.  In this case the shops often bring in holiday fabrics and projects for Christmas, leaving plenty of time for crafters to complete their tasks for gift giving and holiday home décor.

 Whatever you make of the practice of celebrating Christmas in July, you have to admit it’s a way to turn the tables and really shake things up.

Hanging Holiday Lights Indoors

Christmas light installation inside your home? Nothing to it!
Hanging Holiday Lights IndoorsIndoor Christmas lights are a great complement to Christmas trees and add a hearty dose of festivity to your home at holiday time. Christmas light installation is not only a fairly simple job; it can be a fun, very creative project as well. Just think how many different places there are for hanging holiday lights around the house!



Opening the Door
Hanging Holiday Lights Indoors 1Indoor Christmas lights add a festive touch to any doorway or archway. Simply take garland or any other kind of greenery and intertwine it with string lights, starting at one end and weaving in and out. Then place the finished product on the floor and bring the ends together. The “fold” of the greenery becomes the center, which should be positioned in the center of the entrance with the rest of the strand flanking its left and right sides and lightly draped to look as natural as possible. Push pins or small, sturdy hooks should be used to attach the string lights/garland combination to the doorway or archway.

Stepping Up
Hanging Holiday Lights Indoors 2Hanging holiday lights on your banister and using them to decorate your stairs is another creative twist on indoor Christmas light installation. Weave together string lights and garland, ensuring that the end of the garland strand and the end of the string lights are at the same end to simplify lighting. Run the strand down one side of the stairs, starting at the top, and/or drape or wrap it around the banister. Embellish the look of colored or multi-colored lights with white bows tied every three feet or so along the banister. Use a red or green bow to create the same effect with strands comprised of garland and white string lights.

Fanning the Festivity Flames
Holiday Lighting Clips 4You might also want to consider using indoor Christmas lights to frame your fireplace. Again, intertwine string lights and garland and drape atop the fireplace mantle, with the ends cascading downward. Top off your creative Christmas light installation by decorating a few medium or large house plants with additional string lights, preferably white ones that can be used year-round. Place these in your front hallway, near the stairs and in the dining room. Of course, these ideas are just a start; there are plenty of other means of hanging holiday lights to fashion an interior winter wonderland. Don’t be afraid to experiment; the results may surprise you.

Take A Shine To LED Icicle Lights

LED Icicle Lights Make Creative Holiday Decorating Economical and Easy

take a shine to LED Icicle lightsIf you’re like many consumers, you want Christmas lights that will truly beautify your home at holiday time, without breaking the bank. LED icicle lights, which look like real icicles and come in a variety of shapes (traditional, snowflake, and star, to name a few) and colors (like white, blue, pink, and even purple) fit the bill perfectly.

Unlike traditional incandescent mini-bulbs, LED icicle lights have no filament. As a result, they not only require a reported 88% less energy to operate; they generate less heat than other kinds of bulbs. LED icicle lights are also constructed from heavy plastic, so they’re more durable than traditional mini-lights. This makes them easy on your pocketbook–a great benefit at a time of year when most people are also spending big bucks on gifts for family and friends.

take a shine to LED Icicle lights 1Jazzing Up Outdoor Christmas Décor

If you think LCD icicle lights can only be hung beneath the roof  line of your home, think again. It’s just as simple to create a striking outdoor lighting display by stringing together numerous icicle light strands and draping them across an expanse of your front porch railing or shrubbery. You can also wind the strings around front porch columns and/or banisters. For an even more distinctive look, intersperse different colors or shapes of lights. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

take a shine to LED Icicle lights 2Bringing Creativity Indoors

LCD icicle lights also aren’t just outdoor Christmas décor. Considering the number of varieties and colors available today, along with the ease of melding together numerous light strings, incorporating these products into your mix of indoor Christmas lights makes perfect sense. Again, be creative, not only by mixing-and-matching multiple shapes and colors, but by doing more than hanging LCD icicle lights from your living room mantle. How about hanging a string of lights across the inside of a large living room window or above a door? Fashion a “curtain” of lights on either side of a smaller window. Run several strands down the length of a table to accent a table runner. Pair icicle lights with other types of Christmas décor, such as garlands, when decorating an indoor banister. Again, the possibilities are endless. So don’t get caught in a Christmas lighting rut this holiday season. Give LCD icicle lights a whirl indoors and out.