It may be early in the year but it’s never too early to think about decorating your landscape for the holidays, especially because of the sales. And, there is no better time to purchase your holiday decorations when the stores are selling them 50% off or more! So, consider planning your holiday décor now and you will be prepared and much richer come Christmas time.
You want to spice things up, maybe make your house the one on the block the kids both young and old would love to go see. So how do you accomplish this without being too “over-the-top” or over budget?
Choose a particular theme and design your lighting and décor around it. Here are some ideas for themes:
- Candy Canes
- Christmas Boxes
- Santa & his Reindeer
- Winter Wonderland
- The Menorah
Whatever your delight, lighting will play an essential role in perfecting this holiday landscape. Start with an assortment of LED lights. These gems come in a wide variety of colors, fitting just about any theme, and the best part is that they are weather resistant. These lights are usually brighter, last longer and come in traditional shapes, even in the firefly type lights. Either way, LED Lighting is very versatile and cost effective.
If you are re-using your LED Lighting from last year, conduct a “light test” before you hang them. The primary purpose for this test is your safety. You want to make sure the lighting is still operational. Second, a test will help you catch any burnt out lights you can replace before hanging.
Once you’ve selected your theme, choose the color lights that best fit that theme. For example, if you selected a “Winter Wonderland”, ICICLE LIGHTS hung around the house are a beautiful way to create that cold winter day feeling, while economically giving a subtle display of dancing ice.
If you want to “ramp up” your “Winter Wonderland” theme, icy blue colored lighting strung around a few of the bushes and trees will give a lovely sparkle to the overall ambiance.
And don’t forget about the windows. Hang little firefly lights around either the inside or outside of a window, and apply a touch of frost around the edges of the inside to give them a beautiful, snowy effect. Even if you live in a warm climate, this type of lighting will give your home a winter feel.
Once your lighting is set, place “Winter Wonderland” items strategically throughout the yard; i.e., styrofoam-shaped snowballs, sleds, fake snow on the grass, etc…
It’s a magical time of year and a wonderful opportunity to let your imagination fly by creating your landscape filled with holiday cheer. Just remember that a few lights go a long way. Don’t be afraid to brighten up your landscape. You only get one chance a year…so make it a memorable one—even if it is nine months early!