Just a few days away.
I can hardly wait.
I have been waiting 365 days for this day to come and it is almost here.
It's my national 'hang the lights outside' day. My families self proclaimed holiday. A day that I am anticipating with delight.....not to be confused with Da- light.
My husband......not so much.
In preparation of the big day around here, I thought I would share a few outdoor lighting ideas and tips that we did last year.... since we take lighting pretty seriously around here. And even though my electric bill is just 'slightly' higher in December, to see the excitement on my kids faces when we count down and turn the lights on for the first time, is so worth it.
It's Joy....complete and utter Joy.
This year we have plans to do the driveway lighting again...... I just have to remember to tell the UPS man that he has to walk the packages down since his truck wont fit under the arches. This is such an easy lighting project and you can find the details here.
I love the lighted icicles hanging from the house They are a pain to unravel but once there up, I just glow from excitement....or it may be from the lights. To make hanging the outdoor lights on the house easier each year, we installed little hooks in the trim that we keep up all the time. It makes the hanging process go so much quicker, and hubby is happy to as he goes up and down the ladder hanging each section of lights.
My backyard is as bright as the front yard with lights. I like to use net lighting in my shrubs. If you need several strands of lights, make sure you follow the recommendations on the package of how many you can safely plug into each other. You don't want to create a fire hazard.
A timer can save on time and money if you are putting up outdoor lighting. You can pick one up at any home improvement store. Just program the time that you want you lights to turn on each day and what time you want them to shut off. Makes it a whole lot easier then trying to remember to shut them off before you go to bed each night, and will save lots of money in electric costs should you forget and leave the lights on till the next morning.
So whether you are climbing the ladder to hang your lights or just supervising the ladder climber like me, I sure hope you are safe and that your month is that much brighter!
Do you climb the ladder to put your lights up or leave that to someone else?
Lights, ladder and a husband who never complains
Between Naps On The Porch
Between Naps On The Porch
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