When it comes to decorating your home for the holidays, there are pretty much two staples you’ll want to make sure you have: outdoor Christmas lights and a Christmas wreath for your front door.
As soon as you get these items up, not only will you start to feel the spirit of the season start to set in, but your neighbors will too. Before you know it, the whole neighborhood will slowly (sometimes not so slowly!) start to transform into a holiday wonderland.
There are a few things you should keep in mind when setting your home up with these outdoor Christmas decorations. Failing to follow these simple guidelines may lead to your holiday spirit turning quickly into holiday frustration, and no one wants you to go through that. So read on, follow these few simple, basic recommendations, and enjoy your Christmas festivities along with your whole family, friends and neighbors.
First of all, when getting a wreath for your front door, you need to remember that as beautiful as a particular design might look in a magazine, web page or in the store itself, this decoration is going to be on the OUTSIDE of your door. That means it will be exposed to the full fury of whatever Mother Nature decides to dish out this season. And as I’m sure you’re well aware, that can sometimes be a pretty mean dish.
So before committing to a particular wreath, make sure it is put together with strong wire and that there aren’t any fragile, dainty pieces on it if your front door is in any way directly exposed to the elements. For example, you may not want to have any delicate bows attached if your door can get drenched by rain, freezing rain, sleet etc. Of course if your door is well protected, you can go with pretty much any design you want. As far as outdoor Christmas lights are concerned, the biggest thing to be aware of is that not all Christmas string lights are designed for use outdoors. Just like the issues mentioned above with the wreaths, you have to take weather conditions into consideration. This is even more critical when you’re talking about something that runs on electricity! Don’t go cheap and think that you can get by with indoor lights on the outside of your house. If you do, you might just find your holiday light decorations suddenly go dark. Or worse yet, you could even cause a fire or cause someone to get an electrical shock.
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