Outdoor Christmas light sets

We have all experienced the joy and excitement of driving around during the holiday season and looking at the variety of Christmas lights around the neighbourhood. It is this part of the Christmas spirit that makes us want to put up our very own outdoor Christmas light set and bring about the visitors to our own display of magical lights and colours. Around the holidays, sharing in the joy of setting up Christmas lights is an important part of the experience.

Another aspect of the Christmas light experience is the competition between neighbours to set up the most mind-blazingly electric display of Christmas pomposity to grace the street. Naturally, as your neighbours trot out their vulgarity of a Christmas display, you will always elect to go with taste and quality over incredulous quantity. For this reason, you select your Christmas lights and decorations with care and consideration so as to not blind your neighbour.

Instead, you intend to regale them with tales from Christmases past as you combine both the Christmas values of your culture with the holiday values of other cultures to creates a display that Santa himself would be proud of. There are no reindeer flying through the air on your front lawn; instead, you have chosen a tasteful string of lights to illuminate the fact that you have cut your lawn more than anyone else this year. This shows up, of course, even in winter.

A Question Of Honour

Of course, the biggest question about Christmas and the inevitable display competition is: “how far is too far?” The answer to that question lies in your own predilection, of course, and is entirely up to what you can handle. If you can sleep through thousands of lights and several watts of Christmas songs sung by imaginary robotic elves, then you can assume that your Christmas display is not over the top.

In the end, you do need to give some mild consideration to your neighbours and determine whether or not your Christmas display will end up costing them some of their much-needed holiday sleep. You wouldn’t want to interrupt the slumber of another simply because your alarmingly huge inflatable Santa is taking up an incredible about of space with his luminous reach to the chimney. Instead, consider your snoozing neighbour and try to come up with a way to make your display tasteful; it is the season, after all.

Ideas for Christmas tree themes. Try something a little different this year.

If you are a style maven who is a bit bored with the traditional, then you might be interested in unique christmas tree themes. Here are some unique theme suggestions that are sure to please.

The Christmas Cocktail Party Tree

This tree theme looks great on both big and small trees. First, if your tree is not a prelit, try stringing it with a set of novelty lights instead of the usual egg shaped lights. You can buy plastic novelty lights in the shape of Chinese Lanterns (for a 50’s feel), chili peppers (for that modern martini bar feel) and Pink Flamingos (for that Tiki cocktail party atmosphere.)

Then try decorating the tree with tiny cocktail parasols and multicolored cocktail picks. If your tree is really big, you could also decorate it with plastic champagne glasses onto which you have glued sequins or glitter. Miniature chocolates filled with liquor also make nice tree decorations.

The Gingerbread Tree

This most gorgeous of christmas tree themes never goes out of style. It looks best on a green or red tree. Decorate it with gingerbread man cookies, red glass balls, tons of candy canes, red velvet bows and homemade paper snowflake ornaments.

This tree looks great accented with white or gold beaded garland, a bushy red or white tinsel garland, or icicle-like garland. Top it with a Christmas themed stuffed white or brown teddy bear.

The Chocolate and Gold Tree

This is probably the trendiest of the themes described here. It looks wonderful on a red artificial tree. The color scheme in this case is reds, browns and golds. Tiny, twinkling gold and red lights look best. Think of the eighties when you decorate this one.

Decorate this tree with walnuts, pine cones and chocolates wrapped in foil. Gold chocolate coins are also a nice touch. Then tie large translucent gold and red ribbons (using the kind of ribbon that has bendable wire inside) onto the ends of the trees. The ultimate effect of this tree should be very opulent and lush.

The New Baby Tree

If you are celebrating the birth of a child or a child’s first birthday, this is a great tree to honor how happy you are about the new arrival. The decorations suggested look great on any kind of tree, but you could consider buying a small blue or pink artificial tree. This is a good idea so any toddlers or infants around can’t get their hands on pine needles. Also, if you buy pre-lit one, you don’t have to worry about them yanking lights and pulling the whole thing down. If you have lots of toddlers around then you might want to opt for a small ceramic Christmas tree until they are old enough not to grab at decorations and limbs.

Pink, mint green, lavender and blue frosted glass balls look particularly nice on pink or blue artificial trees. You can also decorate with baby toys, baby bottles filled with candy, teddy bears, baby booties and socks, pacifiers and wooden alphabet blocks. Little stuffed animals look great on this type of tree and a larger teddy bear or soft plush toy makes a great tree topper. If the baby is a girl you might want to consider topping the tree with a doll dressed as an angel.

The Peppermint Twist Tree

This theme looks fantastic on a bright white, pre-lit artificial tree. The color scheme is red and white but you can add a touch of green in the lights that you string around it. Purists, however, think that keeping the whole thing red and white in every way looks best.

When it comes to the decorations, stick with red and white round glass balls. Red and white frosted glass balls look much better than the conical ones. Also, festoon the branches with as many red and white peppermint candy canes as you can find. Remember, you can also stripe red or white glass balls with white or red glitter, by simply adding some glue in a striped shape to the ball and rolling it in the glitter bowl.

You can also accent this look with red and white ball shaped peppermint candies. A large lollipop with red and white striping and surrounded by a sunburst bouquet of candy canes makes a great tree topper.

The Sea Side Tree

This most unusual theme looks best on artificial trees in aqua or light blue colors. However, it would also suit any tree that has a coral color such as light orange or pink.

This tree is decorated with treasures from the sea; including seashells, sea horses, and ornaments made from aquarium decorations (treasure chests, coins and corals.) Strings of pearls can be used as a garland and novelty lights shaped like seashells or even fish can be strung to enhance the aquatic theme.

The Snow and Ice Tree

This is one of the most unusual tree themes, as it is white and icy blue instead of the more familiar red and green. First, decorate it with a garland of novelty lights shaped like icicles or snowflakes. Your decorations should be made of see-through plastic or crystal, so it looks like the tree is dripping with frozen, glittering shapes. Instead of cotton batten, drape the tree with faux spider webs or cotton shreddings, to simulate boughs heavy with snow. You can even mound this cotton at the ends of the bough so it looks like it has been clumped there.

Your final step is to spray the whole thing down generously with flocking. Flocking is simulated snow that comes in an aerosol can. You can spray this stuff on just about any kind of tree including artificial pre-lit and ceramic trees to make them look frostier.

This treatment is stunning on a white artificial tree, but it also looks great on red, purple, blue or other colors. The white provides a nice contrast to the tree’s original color.

Show your Christmas spirit with outdoor decorations. Show the world your holiday spirit!

Australia Lights Up For Christmas

Nothing shows that you have Christmas spirit more than outdoor decorations. All you have to do is visit your local home improvement store right after Thanksgiving, to see the multitudes of outdoor Christmas decorations. Christmas lights can be hung from gutters, trees, your porch overhang, or anywhere else on your property. There are also the stand-up figures such as Santa Clause or a group of reindeer. Your only limitations are how lavishly you wish to decorate your yard, and how much money you are willing to spend.

Lights and other ornaments, such as garland and hanging glass bulbs, are the most common outdoor decorations. Most people who want to show off their Christmas spirit without spending a lot of money, buy a string of lights. They hang the strings from porches, in their bushes and even from trees in the yard. Lights, along with other simple ornaments are great, outdoor decorations that show the world that you definitely have Christmas spirit.

If you have some money to spend, there are other outdoor decorations you can buy. You buy some stand up lawn figures. These decorations turn your yard into a virtual Christmas spirit showcase. For a little extra, you can even get animated figures (Santa waving his arms, for example). These types of outdoor decorations are the kind that make people want to drive by at slow speeds, just to see what each house has done next. It’s not uncommon for entire blocks to be done up so big that they create traffic jams of onlookers who want to see the newest and most elaborate outdoor Christmas displays.

For a lot of money, you can turn your house into a Christmas wonderland. This can be very costly, however. You should not only expect to spend a lot of money on the decorations but also on the electricity it takes to run it all.

Christmas is a time of celebration and the display of Christmas spirit. There are many ways to decorate, depending on how much you want to transform your yard and your budget.

Ideas for Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations does not have to be all about tinsel, shiny round bulbs and flashing lights. It does also does not have to be stuck in the traditional red and green color scheme. There are plenty of other materials, many of them natural, that can serve to make a unique Christmas decoration.

For instance the acorns that you find on the ground in fall make unique ornaments. You can spray paint them gold or silver, tie them together in a nosegay and even make a garland for the tree out of them. Another seed pod that you can use in a similar way is the pine cone. Pine cones are not only a traditional Christmas decoration they also look great decorating the mantelpiece, threaded together as a door wreath or as a garland snaking down a banister.

Another natural find that you can consider hanging in your tree is a bird’s nest. Whether artificial or real, a bird’s nest makes a fantastic Christmas decoration. You can frame the bird’s nest with ivy or violets, fill it with foil colored eggs or chocolate coins or place a replica of a white dove (or two) in its center.

Some types of flowers also look great when attached to a Christmas tree. You can get dried baby’s breath died red and green around Christmas time. It looks great bound as a nosegay and then attached to tree limbs or as a Christmas table topper. Poinsettias also look great attached to a tree, especially if it is a natural green tree.

For a natural yet sophisticated look you can collect branches from outside and arrange them on a mantelpiece or create a centerpiece for a Christmas table. You can also spray paint them silver, red, green or gold to make it more obvious as a Christmas tree decoration. The natural branches make unique wreaths and tabletop xmas trees especially if you combine them with the Chinese white money tree blossoms.

Instead of using ribbon or wire to attach a Christmas decoration to a tree consider using lace instead. Lace in an unusual color such as bright lime green can bring a startling neo-modern look to a Christmas tree.

Peacock feathers can be combined with silk flowers and other elements to create an opulent tree topper or christams decoration centerpiece.

Flags are finding their way more and more into Christmas decoration what with the prevalence of war across the world. Tiny flags can be used to make a tree topper, attached to the branches of a tree or added to a centerpiece. If you make a centerpiece it looks good decorated with red, white and blue ribbon and glass balls. This is a charming way of honoring those who are away at war.