Begin Planning Christmas in April – Part 5

Written by Barbara Thorp

Outdoor Christmas Decoration

Dont buy anything yet. Measure your front yard and decide what types of decorations you want and where you would like to place them. Take photos and then draw sketches where you would like to string light, garlands, and where you might like to place decorations on the roof of your home. If you dont want to light up the entire front yard, then find a focal point and begin your planning right three. Use trees or bushes that serve as the centre thereby taking a more systematic approach, which will prevent you from having to move items around later.

When you have a plan and have used all the tools, such as the drawings from the photos and where you want to place the decorations and lights, and then take inventory of what you already have at home. Check through absolutely everything. Your outdoor lights and ornaments must be in working order. HINT: If you are going to be buying new lights this year, find strands with built-in timers, or consider buying a connecting timing device. This will get rid of the hassle of remembering to turn off the lights and will save on energy bills.

Check for burned-out bulbs and replace them. They will drain electricity from the entire string of lights and ultimately make the other bulbs dimmer or even blow prematurely. Look for frayed cords, extension leads, and check the packaging and read the instructions carefully, always look to see that the manufacturer has labelled the item as approved for use in exterior locations.

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Outdoor Christmas Decoration

String lots of fairy lights about, through trees, bushes, and on the front of the house and around the eaves. You can by gorgeous little candles with a tiny battery in them and these can be glued on to branches with a hot glue gun. Some of our favourite types of lights with which to decorate outdoor trees are icicle lights. Icicle lights are clear strands of bulbs made to resemble frozen shards of ice. For a tree that is truly unique, we recommend hanging several strands of icicle lights all over the limbs and then adding a few crystal or glass ornaments for effect. Once you are done, your tree will resemble a winter-wonderland fantasy.

You might even want a life-size Nativity scene. You can make your own with old store dummies. If you are handy with a sewing machine, you could run up the clothes easily, since they drape and have no real pattern to them. Straw to put in the cradle can be purchased from the pet shop and you could place a down light on the entire scene.

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So please enjoy your families and decorate indoors and outdoors as if you may never do it again. Take photos or film with a camcorder, so that your children will always have the memories, particularly if they have helped in the decorating. Just make sure that you choose safe items that will not give someone a nasty shock if they touch them and read all the instructions on packs to make sure you assemble any decorations with care. Always use safety first. HINT: Do Not Forget The Christmas Wreath on the Front Door.

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