A sure sign that Christmas is around the corner is when the houses in your neighborhood start getting lit up at night in the festive colors of the season. There are many items from which to choose to decorate your home inside and out to show your Christmas spirit during everyone's favorite time of the year.
Christmas trees and ornaments
While a live Christmas tree adds a nice touch to any home during the holidays, there are some drawbacks to them as well. An artificial Christmas tree is a simple, cost-effective and hassle-free way to ensure your home's safety during the run-up to Christmas. Artificial Christmas trees range in height from 3 feet or less to 10 feet and more. These trees are exact duplicates of the firs, blue spruces, evergreens and pine trees that you see for sale at Christmas tree lots. Artificial Christmas trees come either unlit or pre-lit, including some with LED lighting. In addition, these trees come flocked, which means they look like there is snow on the branches, or in other colors like white. If you do choose a live tree for your home, you will need to have a stand that can contain water, and make sure the water reservoir remains filled, as a dry tree can become a fire hazard. Keep pets from drinking the water, as it can be poisonous to them.
To decorate the tree, you need several things. If it is an unlit or natural tree, lighting is the first consideration. There are white lights and colored lights, lights that remain on and lights that blink. These lights usually come with 100 bulbs to a strand, so you need several of them to decorate a tall tree. A blanket or tree skirt is a good addition to hide the tree stand and have a place to put presents underneath the tree.
There are many ornaments you can choose to use on a tree, in a multitude of shapes, such as balls, bells, stars and icicles. Ornaments are available separately or in convenient multipacks of two dozen or more. There are even sports-themed ornaments for the fan in your household to enjoy. Garlands are another decoration to consider, and they come in several festive colors like red, green, silver and gold. The final consideration is a tree topper, which often takes the form of a star or angel.
Decorating inside the home
For decorating the area around the Christmas tree and other parts of the home, there are garlands that you can run up and down a handrail along a staircase; Christmas stockings that hang from a mantel above a fireplace; live or artificial plants like poinsettias and mistletoe; scented candles, water globes and decorative pinecones for placing on shelves and tables; a centerpiece for the dining table; and candles and lights for placing in and on exterior windows. You can also add items like Christmas-themed kitchen towels and table cloths as part of your d cor, and Christmas-related throw pillows to add to your sofa, loveseat and chairs.
Some people really get into decorating the outside of their homes for Christmas (think of Clark Griswold from "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation") and even make it a local or regional competition. For those who want to show a little extra Christmas spirit, we have the lighting and accessories to brighten up your home for the holidays. For lighting, you want to use light strings that are specific for outdoor or indoor/outdoor use, as indoor lights like those you would use on a Christmas tree are not rated for outside use and could short out or even cause a fire during wet weather.
Outdoor Christmas lights are available in many different styles, including single-bulb, net, icicle and projector lights. Single-bulb and icicle lights are ideal for hanging from the home, such as from the eaves or on the roof. Net lights work best placed on bushes and trees. Projector lights cast an array of colored lights onto your home via a single bulb. You can operate these remotely, changing the look of the lights and even making them flash and roll.
Another common sight outside of homes at Christmas are inflatables. These are decorations that are blown up, usually with an air compressor, and feature holiday shapes and themes, such as snowmen, reindeer and Santa Claus. Other decorations that work well outside include nativity scenes, wreaths, lighted sculptures and festive-themed door signs and welcome mats.