Christmas may be a holiday that honors the birth of Christ, a solemn occasion to be sure, but it has also become a time of joyful celebration, one that people choose to observe in a variety of ways. Many go to church, have holiday feasts, sing carols, put up a tree and nativity, give gifts, and donate to charity at this time of year. But another traditional hallmark of this holiday season is hanging lights to exhibit Yuletide cheer. And if you’ve decided to create an impressive display in your front yard, there are a few things you’ll want to consider first. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
- Consider lighting options. There are so many options to choose from these days that you hardly have to rely on the massive, multi-colored, incandescent bulbs of old. You could opt for energy-saving LEDs, for starters, so that your power bill doesn’t go through the roof. And you can choose tiny fairy lights that won’t sear your neighbors’ eyeballs. You can use straightforward string lights, dangling options, icicles, curtains, nets, balls, and more. In other words, there is no shortage of options, and you can definitely mix and match to create a light spectacular that represents your love of Christmas.
- Measure accordingly. Unless you want to overspend on lights that you never use or you’re okay risking a second trip to the store to purchase more lights midway through the task of hanging them (because you ran out), it’s probably best to bite the bullet and measure any areas you’re planning to hang lights. Whether you want to ring the roof line, highlight windows and doors, or wrap strings of lights around every tree on your property, measuring before you buy will help to ensure that you get the proper amount.
- Use light clips. These affordable plastic clips are the way to go when it comes to hanging your holiday lights for a few reasons. First, they are easy to attach. And with products designed for the roof, the gutter, and even trees, you’ll do less damage than you might with, say, nails or hooks. Second, they make it simple to attach strings of lights since all you have to do is pop them into the clips that you’ve already installed at intervals. And finally, you can leave them up for next year – since they’re clear plastic they won’t even be visible when you take your lights down, unlike other options that can leave you with unsightly eyesores year-round.
- Practice safety first. If you’re a confident DIY type, there’s no reason not to decorate your home for the holidays. But you should do so in a safe manner. Start by using appropriate lighting and extension cords, i.e. those that are designed for outdoor use. From there, make sure you have a second set of hands to help you out. Any time you’re going up and down a ladder you should have someone on the ground holding it for you and handing up tools and light strings as needed. And don’t forget to de-ice the areas the ladder will rest on.
- Consider professional help. Whether you’re not very handy, you don’t like heights, or you simply don’t have time to hang lights, there is an alternative – you can hire professional help. And if you go with a company like WowLights Productions that specializes in setting light shows to music, you could end up with the best Christmas light display on the block.