16 Fabulous Outdoor Christmas Decorations

My sweet hubby put our outdoor Christmas decorations up over the weekend, and he did a really great job – they look fantastic!

But, as the ever-cautious wife that I am, when he was getting started and planning things out, I was a little bit concerned. Because he had big plans. Bigger than in years past. Like…there was talk of blow-up light-up lawn decor. Yes. Concerned I was. Because I didn’t want our yard to look TACKY. BLECH. I can’t stand tacky!

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In the end, he ended up doing a nice combination of white and colored LED lights – just the right amount, and nothing is flashing in a seizure-inducing manner. WIN!

(He was probably trying to get a rise out of me with the talk of the blow-up light-up yard ornaments anyays!)

But when Sneha from Terry’s Fabrics contacted me to see if I was interested in sharing about **fabulous** outdoor Christmas decorations, I thought I might get even more ideas! And YOU might, too!

So here we go…

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The Ultimate Dad’s Guide to Christmas Lighting – A Guest Post!

Does that title not immediately make you think of Clark Griswold?!

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HA! “Joy to the world!” I could quote that movie all day, so we’ll move on from there!

But seriously, what if you could get awesome Christmas lights in just three simple steps? When Paris from All About Electrics contacted me and asked me that question, I was a bit skeptical! After all, I’ve never touched the Christmas lights OUTSIDE…and the tree inside is a pre-lit tree! It always just seemed too complicated for me.

But after I his post I actually started to think that I could do it! And I’ll bet you can, too! Let’s check out his tips! (Interspersed with just a couple pics of my own lights outside our home!)

We’ve all seen those YouTube videos of incredible home lighting for Christmas. You know the ones we mean; lights that dance to the music, ten foot illuminated snowmen, animated reindeer on the roof. So why is it, when it comes to decorating our own houses, the end result is usually more bore-some than awesome?

When it comes to Christmas, the average dad has a lot to live up to. The kids and the wife have suddenly decided that, yes, we are actually one of Santa’s elves and therefore should be able to illuminate the house with a cheeky wink of an eye. After all, Mr. Robinson manages to make his house look jaw dropping every year without fail. We all have a Mr. Robinson in our neighborhood. You know who we’re talking about.

Getting prepped for Christmas and giving the house the WOW factor requires three basic elements; good planning, good lights and a good ladder. Let’s discuss each of these in more depth.

1. Good planning

You don’t have to have a master’s degree in home lighting to put together a classy display for Christmas. Start by standing outside your home and seeing what sort of shapes, space and surroundings you have to base your design upon.

Consider the shape and size of your home, as well as any special features it may have that would lend themselves well to lighting. The garden can be a source of inspiration too. Outdoor bushes, trees and paths can all be a great spot for lights, and will keep your family safe on these dark evenings too.

Don’t forget to plan how you will power all these lights too. Having an outdoor socket installed can work out a lot less painful than having cables trailing in through open windows and doors, but make sure any power supply you plan to use is up to the job of the load you are going to place on it, as well as being suitably protected against water ingress from the outside.

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Our Christmas Home Tour!

Well, you’ve asked and asked, so finally, today, I’m excited to share with all of you how we’ve decorated OUR home for Christmas!

*Disclaimer*

We moved from a one-bedroom apartment into this four-bedroom home in April of this year, so the Christmas decorations aren’t quite as perfect as I wanted them to be…because decorations are EXPENSIVE!!! But I think it’s a good start! So…here we go!

Welcome to our home!

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