Deck the Halls
Christmas outdoor decorations are usually the most elaborate of the year. It’s a good idea to do some extra planning for these decorations, and consider each of the following as you do so:
- Time Commitment
- Installation Requirements
It’s easy to get caught up in the Christmas spirit and buy every shiny new decoration that catches your eye, but you’re likely to end up with an attic full of untouched items. Before you start your Christmas decorating, make a plan. Think about the look you want to achieve. How much time will it take to set up, and what supplies do you need? Are there aspects of your display that will require maintenance? If there’s a storm, will you need to alter your display in any way? Planning ahead can go a long way to minimizing stress and unwelcome surprises, so you can enjoy time with family and friends.
Memories and Traditions
The best things about decorating for the fall and winter holidays are the traditions you build and the memories you create. Maybe your family always begins its holiday decorating on the same day of the year, or you celebrate the decorating with a special meal. Perhaps you take pictures in front of your freshly-decorated home for holiday cards. Whatever your traditions may be, your holiday home décor is sure to play a vital part in spreading holiday cheer.
Relax and Enjoy
After all of the decorating is done, when your house is sparkling with lights and your front door shines with its fresh new wreath, it’s important to take the time to appreciate the work you’ve done. The whole reason for holiday outdoor décor is celebration, and the way that it invites friends and neighbors to join in the celebration with you. A beautifully decorated home is its own special holiday gift to you and to your loved ones. A few minutes among your Halloween pumpkins in the fall, your harvest display at Thanksgiving, or your Christmas outdoor decorations is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.