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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Christmas Holiday Shelf!

Well, it’s December 11, and I’ve yet to share with you the new holiday shelf! I finally found the time to take some photos, so, without further ado, allow me to present the 2014 Christmas Shelf!

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Are you singing it yet? “Silver and gold, silver and gold…” You get the idea! Yep, that’s kind of what I was going for!

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Five for Fall…PLUS Fall Home Tour!

I’ve held back as long as I could manage! I LOVE Fall! And, living in Florida, I kinda have to make Fall happen inside my house on my own, because the weather doesn’t normally cooperate OUTSIDE the house! No worries, I think I’ve covered it this year!

So, step one: The Fall Holiday Shelf! I’ve already shared that with you, but if you missed it, you can see all the details by CLICKING HERE!

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Now, step two: I’ve been over on Pinterest pinning Fall-like recipes since LAST Fall, and I picked out five that I just had to try for all of you! Without further ado, here are my Five for Fall!

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The St. Patrick’s Day Holiday Shelf!

Yes, yes, we decorate for St. Patrick’s Day at our house. The main reason being: St. Patrick’s Day is also my hubby’s birthday! And last year it was so close to Easter that it was pretty hard to decorate for! (I think I was only able to leave it up for about a week or so! But, if you want to see last year’s short-lived St. Patrick’s Day Holiday Shelf, CLICK HERE!)

I’m thankful that there was much more time between holidays this year, but I went simple anyways! Here we go…

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On the Road in January

I literally had to take a second look at the calendar when I realized it was February. FEBRUARY. Where on earth did the first month of 2014 go to?! I’m not at all sure, but, it’s time to look back on January and see what was the biggest deal here on the blog! Here are the top five posts!

1. On Packing Up the Holiday Decor – Out the gate with a bang! This was the first post of 2014, and everyone seemed to love it! (Maybe it was the free printables, ha!)

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2. 3-Ingredient Gluten-Free Cookies – I think everyone got excited over this one because there were only three ingredients to make COOKIES!

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3. One Word for 2014 – I first told myself people liked this post because they were inspired by the word I chose for 2014…then I realized that this one had free printables, too. So…there ya go. I guess I need to get work on some more printables, huh?

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4. On Planning the Night Before – Hopefully this one just provided some good information for everyone!

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5. The Top 7 Germiest Places in Your Home! – It very well may be that people were shocked and horrified at this post, and they couldn’t take their eyes away from it! HA!

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And there ya have it! Great month here at the Road to Domestication! Now, on to February!