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5 Super Easy Ways to Make Your House SHINE This Season!

Admiring all the pretty Christmas tree lights this season!

5 Super Easy Ways to Make Your House SHINE This Season!

Add extra joy and holiday cheer to your neighborhood this year with these top trending holiday decorating ideas. Check out how you can truly make your home sparkle with Christmas lights, luminarias, musical light shows, and beautiful winter wonderland décor.

Novelty Lights One of the tops trends for 2018 are novelty lights. These bright holiday decorations for the home come in a variety of styles, from sparkling stars to snowflakes. Transform your home into a starry wonderland. Many of these lights have different options like twinkling or a slow fade. Shapes like min globes, reindeer, and traditional candles are also popular.

Don’t limit yourself to white lights, either. Build up your Christmas theme by coordinating the color of the lights with your decorations. This can be blue and white, red and green, or even a rainbow! You are only limited by your imagination.

Trees, Trees, Everywhere! Even if you live in an urban area without much foliage, Christmas is the perfect time of the year to showcase faux wintery trees. Enjoy options like beautiful sparkling saplings coated with lights or mini-evergreens to decorate every window. These come in many colors like traditional evergreen, blue, white, and metallic gold or silver. Make your own Christmas tree by lining a tomato cage with small lights. Wrap the lights from the top to the bottom, being sure to keep to a traditional “tree” shape. Choose a color theme and go with it!

Luminarias Celebrate the Nativity and the coming of the Three Kings by lining your home with decorative plastic luminarias. The holiday tradition stems from Latin America. Line the walkway to your home with these beautiful lights. While the traditional luminary is a lit votive candle in a large jar placed in a paper bag, today there are many other options. The lights line your home from Christmas Eve until January 6th, the Feast of the Three Kings, when the wise men gave their gifts to the baby Jesus at the inn. It is a delightful festive tradition celebrated the world over.

Party Time Take your outdoor patio space and decorate it with beautiful garland and lights for a fun festive place to hang out with friends, neighbors, and family. This can be something as simple adding a few strings of lights near your grilling area to truly covering the gazebo with hundreds of sparkling icicle lights. Combine decorations like Moravian stars and large ornaments to transform your home into a place of Christmas joy and cheer.

Timed Magical Lighting Show You have probably seen the viral videos of homes lit up with a massive light show that coordinates with blaring Christmas music. Believe it or not, while some shows are very elaborate, you can purchase kits that do all the work for you. Simply plug them in and enjoy an entertaining light show. Most come with a combination of options like multi-controller layouts, FM radio options, and strobes. They vary in price to fit your budget.

Decorate your home this Christmas season. Let your home be the home that makes incredible Christmas memories for your family this year!


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