Christmas Yard Decor:
Better still, decorating the yard for Christmas is a really great way to bring the family together-- from planning to putting everything up, it's a fun and festive way to spend time as a family. If you want, you can get friends and neighbors in on the fun too!
So get out the eggnog, grab a ladder (non-alcoholic eggnog required!), and get decorating!
When you're all done here, you can also head over to Christmas Decorating Tips and Idea Central for more great decorating photos, tips, ideas, and more.
Creating a Christmas Yard Decor ThemeBefore you start decorating, it's good to have a plan or a theme for your Xmas yard decorating. Most people decorate according to a specific theme every year, while others change it up from year to year, always doing something new.
Some fun examples of Christmas yard display themes might include:
- Religious and/or Nativity
- Santa and his Reindeer
- At the North Pole
- Patriotic Christmas
- Humorous Christmas Display
- Candy Canes and bows
- Snow People
- Exotic (like a Far East motif)
- A Grinch-y Christmas
- Winter Animals
And those are just the tip of the proverbial icicle! There are lots of ways to come up with a truly creative Christmas decorating theme on your own.
Creating Your Own Christmas Decorating Theme. If you want to come up with your family's very own theme, it sometimes helps to go to Christmas stores, look through holiday magazines, and go online to see pictures of Christmas yard décor from various parts of the world. Have everyone whose helping do this, and make a list of the three favorite ones for a group vote.
Have a Plan for Your DecoratingNow that you know what type of decorations you want, take a look at your yard space. You want to have a very good idea of overall room and placement before you go shopping for items.
Use a big piece of paper and begin sketching out where you want to place various items. Even with your theme, you'll have plenty of objects from which to choose including wreaths, inflated decorations, free standing lit figurines, pre-lit trees, bows, bundles, and so much more!
Don't be afraid to get colorful and playful. The only caution is to be somewhat careful about overdoing it. Hint: if people need sunglasses when viewing your Christmas yard décor, it's probably too much!
Christmas Yard Decorating Safety
Remember to check each of your chosen decorations to be sure they're outdoor-safe products. That goes for lights and extension cords. For those who live in cold weather environments, mark your cords with brightly colored tape so you don't accidentally run over them with the snow blower.
Secure your lights and other items against wind and weather using wire, nails, electrical tape, etc. And to save your sanity, test everything before you put it up (there's nothing more frustrating than having to decorate twice because of shorts or bad bulbs).
Timing: When to Put it all TogetherIt's a matter of personal preference as to when your Christmas yard décor will go into full working mode. However, I do recommend getting the house lights firmly in place before it gets so cold that you can't feel your hands!
Lights, Camera, Action!
It's very fun to have a Christmas yard decor lighting party with friends and family. Make some eggnog, have some Christmas finger foods and snacks ready, and when it finally becomes dark... light it up! Gather everyone outside and turn the whole arrangement on while singing your favorite Christmas carols.
And don't forget to take plenty of photos!
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