Decorating for the Holidays

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I have always loved decorating for the holidays.  Bringing home the most perfect tree Orchard Supply has to offer, putting up lights all over the house, hanging stocking up by the fireplace…it all just puts a smile on my face!  Twinkle lights make everything seem magical! This year is no different, except for the fact that I was recently challenged to a holiday decorating contest.  I am not super worried…he’s an engineer.  Which made me think that decorating for the holidays can be difficult for some; here are some things to keep in mind when getting your home ready for this month’s festivities:

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Decorate your home for day and night.  Putting up lights are great, but often times we forget that our homes are just as visible during the day (if not more!) and could use a little holiday cheer then too!  This can be done through adding garlands and wreaths to your exterior décor. 

Another way to do this is to incorporate your landscaping into the design.  This year we added red flowers to all of our window boxes.  Poinsettias are a holiday favorite of mine.  By simply adding two of these potted plants on either side of your front door you can immediately bring holiday cheer to your entryway.

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For those of your putting up Christmas trees in your homes, keep in mind that lighting your tree is just as important as picking out the right one.   Don’t just wrap lights around your tree.  Weave the strands around branches.  Start at the bottom and work your way up.  It takes about 6 strands of 100 lights to light a 6 ft. tree (For safety reasons do not string all 6 strands together...use extension chords! Also consider switching to LED lights). Be sure to test out all lights and extension cords BEFORE putting them on your tree!

If you are using ornaments of varying sizes place the larger balls towards the center of the tree and smaller ones at the edge of the branches. Also try to place your ornaments near lights so that they reflect more. If using wire hooks to hang your ornaments be sure to press down around your branches to prevent them from slipping and falling off the branch.

So, if you are reading this Mr. Verma, good luck!  Perhaps next year you should hire me or just ask your girlfriend for some help.