In suburban U.S.A., living the American dream… Sounds appealing, whether you are living it or not, doesn't it? This was once the American ideal. Times have changed a lot. However, one thing remains the same: home owners are proud of their homes, no matter where they live. Homeowners would love to add value to their homes if given the opportunity and believe curb appeal is important. Who doesn't want to live in the nicest, largest or most interesting home on the block? What would set your home apart from the rest if it’s not the nicest or the largest?

Landscaping, exterior improvements, outside décor? All of the above are great ideas to add visual interest to your home. But what about taking advantage of the Christmas season? The season is an opportunity for homes and businesses alike to literally “shine”. It’s a favorite Christmas tradition to drive around and gaze at Christmas lights. Why not proudly display your home with beautiful lighting?

At the time of year when those spring flowers you planted no longer live—in most regions—this is the perfect way to be festive, entertain and create curb appeal! You can enjoy the lighting from November to January—or later—year after year. It’s something to look forward to each year. It’s also something for your entire neighborhood to anticipate.

So where do you begin? The budget, where to buy, who’s going to install? The best way to begin is to start planning early. Envision your decorated home and define your expectations.  Come up with your own creative ideas. How much do you have to spend? Do you want simple strands of lights or do you want to go a bit bigger with large outdoor displays? Do you want to buy online? Are you able to self-install or would you need to hire someone?

Once you have answered these questions, start shopping! Call around and look online if you are going custom. See what’s out there that fills your vision. There is an array of product available on the Internet. Shopping around also gives you ideas. Place your orders early in case what you’re after is on back order or not yet available.  After your lighting is purchased, sketch out a plan for your home with your lighting design. If you are hiring someone to install, you will already have your plan in hand and simplify the process. If you are doing it yourself, you have a blueprint to follow. Happy decorating!

My biggest inspiration for home ideas is HGTV. To get holiday decorating ideas, go to http://www.hgtv.com/holidays-holiday-homes/package/index.html

 

By Melissa Farnham, Director of Marketing for LightTheNight

www.LightTheNight.com

Holiday Lighting Store

 

Family celebrations begin with the decoration of the Christmas tree a few days before Christmas; candles and lights, tinsel and many colored stars are attached to it. On Christmas Eve when the children are asleep, little toys, candies and fruits are hung on the branches of the tree as a supplement to the gifts Père Noël has left in the shoes before the fireplace.

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Most people are familiar with the Christmas song, “The 12 Days of Christmas,” even though many folks might have a bit of trouble keeping the lines of the song straight after about the sixth day! This song has been sung for generations, and is a traditional part of the Christmas season. There have even been many versions of the song that have come out, since the structure lends itself well to variation and even humor. But did you ever stop to think what this seemingly nonsensical song really is about?

While there is some disagreement over the actual purpose for “The 12 Days of Christmas” among historians, the theories regarding this fun and lively song are quite intriguing.

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Before electric Christmas lights were invented, people depended upon candlelight to illuminate their Christmas trees. As you might imagine, the practice of putting lighted candles onto a cut evergreen tree caused more that its share of fires. That hazard began to get a whole lot safer in the year 1882, when the first Christmas tree was set aglow with the aid of electricity. A man by the name of Edward H. Johnson invented the first Christmas tree that was illuminated by electricity. Johnson, who was an inventor and an associate of Thomas Edison, came to be known as the “Father of Electric Christmas Tree Lights.” On December 22, 1882, he proudly displayed his electrically lit Christmas lights on his tree at his home on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, Christmas lights have become a work of art in themselves, with new ways of displaying their illumination getting invented all the time. The incandescent lights that many of us grew up with are now being replaced in many homes with the more efficient and reliable LED Christmas lights. A number of years ago, bubble lights were all the rage. These lights featured long glass tubes with colored liquid bubbling within. This style of holiday lights peaked in popularity around the 1950’s, but you can still find versions of the bubble Christmas lights in stores today. They have become popular for a retro Christmas theme for many holiday decorators.

LightTheNight carries a full line of affordable Christmas Lighting and holiday displays to decorate your home or business.

Christmas AngelVisions of angels appear everywhere when Christmas time rolls around every year. You find angels in lights adorning the exterior walls of homes, you find angels overseeing the Christmas mantle or hovering above the dinner table, and of course, the most popular location to find a Christmas angel is on the top of your Christmas tree. Why are angels such a popular icon for the holiday season?

The fact is that angels were present at the very first Christmas celebration and they continue to be a welcome addition to our holiday decorating schemes today.

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