Are you ready for Christmas this year? I know I am…And after a year like 2009, I’m looking forward to this Christmas even more. And my favorite part of the holiday season is seeing the colorful Christmas yard decorations set up in front of every house in the neighborhood.
When I was growing up, my dad would start to unpack our Christmas yard decorations on Saturday morning after Thanksgiving. This schedule still seems pretty normal to me, but my neighbors seem to be getting their displays up earlier and earlier every year. I resisted this trend at first, but have since knuckled under to the new reality: On my block, Xmas decorations go up on the first Saturday after Halloween.
If you are in the market for some new Holiday decorations this year, get ready to be surprised! You will have many new choices this year– From solar powered outdoor lighting, to LED animal displays with thousands of lights…and from 3-D holographic holiday images, to an amazing selection of inflatable Christmas displays, you will find plenty of new Christmas yard decorations to fit every style, theme, and budget.
However, I recommend that you take a moment to carefully plan your new holiday display before purchasing any new Chistmas yard decorations. This will ensure that your new display will not turn your jolly wife into the Grinch…Instead, you will be the hero this holiday as your friends and family admire your new and improved Holiday display.
Question #1: Do you have an electrical outlet in you front yard?… This is very important! If you do have access to power, proceed to the next step. If not, then you still have a couple of options:
1. Select some Christmas yard decorations that do not require electricity, such as large tree ornaments and an unlit nativity scene. It’s a good idea to set these up under a streetlight, or else close to the house where they can be illuminated by and exterior light after dark. Many homeowners combine these non-electrical decorations with electrical lights, etc. to make their front yard shine in the daytime as well as at night.
2. Thanks to new technology developed in the North Pole, you can find many new solar-powered decorations like string lighting available in 2009…These are also great for to lighting up trees and shrubs far away from the house.
3. You can always use the tried-and-true method of running a hundred feet of extension cord out to any remote location that you would like to decorate (make sure to use a heavy duty cord for this…at least 12 guage wire).
If power is not an issue, then you can get started with some simple string lighting. Start small by lighting a few trees in the front yard. You’ll also get lots of curb appeal by installing net lights over shrubs and bushes near the house. Icicle lighting looks terrific hanging from a front porch, and a Christmas wreath can really dress up a front door.
Are you ready to do something completely different this year? Don’t know where to start? It’s always easiest to begin by picking a theme and working around that…Here are some ideas for you to get you started: Santa’s village, reindeer, snowmen, toy soldiers, Peanuts characters, candy canes, gingerbread cookies, etc…You can even brainstorm with your kids and have some fun with it!
Are you going with colored lights, or will you keep it traditional with only white string lighting? Traditional or contemporary? By the way, it’s a good idea at this point (ahem) to consult your spouse before making any big decisions about what the front of the house will look like for three months out of the year.
I recommend that if you are purchasing your new Christmas yard decorations online, please be careful in your choice of vendors. The fact is that it’s difficult, if not impossible, to know what quality standards your new Christmas yard decorations are manufactured, and it’s just not worth it to gamble on cheap products that can pose a fire risk to your home. You can still find a great deal online with free shipping and no taxes, but from do it from a reputable website like Amazon with solid reputation and no-questions-asked return policy.
And here’s the most important ingredients to a successful holiday display: have lots of fun with it! And with that let me wish you and your family a very merry Christmas season, and a joyful and prosperous New Year.