With the coolness in the fall air now, Thanksgiving and Christmas are not far away so out attention naturally turns away from the outdoor chandeliers for a short time. Our Thanksgiving here in the United States does not come until the end of November, but last week was already Thanksgiving in Canada. With the coolness in the temperature it is not a bad idea to get outdoor Christmas Decorations in place before it is only a high of 30 degrees out. Yesterday a wise neighbor of mine was up on a ladder stringing icicle lights on his house.
Each year it is a treat to get to see what the newest thing is to place in the yard, hang from the house, or wrap around trees and bushes. I think the backbone of outdoor decorations are ones which light up. During the day Christmas decorations are summed up in snow, wreaths, and maybe some bulbs hanging from a pine tree. But the night time is when Christmas is out to dazzle all. For anyone who has visited my site, they would know that outdoor chandeliers are great for hanging and lighting an outdoor area, but the child in me always loves Christmas outdoor lights.
To maximize the use of outside Christmas decorations size plays a big part. If a Christmas Train is really small, then no one will notice it. When I was looking for my own yard I came across this outside train scene on Amazon. It is free standing and comes with 16 ground stakes to hold it into the ground in case of high winds. This train stands about 49 inches high and the entire train is about 20 feet long. The lights and holographic panels are attached to the frame. Some assembly is required when it arrives. The Christmas lights on the train wheels blink in a circular motion to mimic a rolling train. To add even more charm, this yard decoration comes with a speed dial controller which controls the speed of the lights for the wheels. All of the other lights blink on and off as well. The lights and holographic panels (picture panels) are all pre-attached to the frame.
Another thing to consider when making an outside Christmas scene is to choose other matching items
Pine trees are a part of Christmas just about everywhere. For lawns without evergreen trees something like this six foot tall twig tree is a nice addition. With white branches it still shows up during the day time and the lights make is visible at night. By setting one of these on each side of the train and also around the train, the scene begins to enlarge. Choose green artificial trees with lights wired into them offer different height trees around the outdoor scene. Adding things such as solar Christmas lights is also a nice touch.
For existing trees outdoor tree lights are a great choice. Strings of them can be purchased very inexpensively and strung around the trees or up and down them vertically. Single strands add some to a yard, but the more lights the better. The denser the lighting the fuller and richer the yard appears. Short strings of lights are less expensive, but going with longer strings saves time when installing them and reduces the amount of plugs where one line ends and the next begins.
Lights and glitter, toys and trains certainly come to mind with Christmas, especially when children are around, but where would a truly lovely yard be without a manger scene. Outdoor Nativity sets can be a very simple Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus in a manger, or it can be the elaborate selection complete with all of the kings, shepherds, angels, star, and animals. Despite the every day media, many many people every year look back to the birth of Christ as important to them. That is why there are so many scenes available. For Nativity sets with lights on them a simple extension cord to plug
them into and a few minutes to insert the stakes into the ground may be all that is needed. For those who like to go all out, a large set like this one I found on Amazon might be just the thing. This is a complete 13 unit set made of very high quality. Additional yard spot lights are a good idea to shine on this at night and also outlining them in white or green Christmas lights is a great choice.
Solar Christmas lights are also another way to add light to areas that are not as easily reached by an extension cord or for those who prefer renewable energy instead of electricity. Solar gives a nice soft glow and also keeps the homeowner from having to remember to turn the lights on in the evening. Solar lights do grow dimmer over time through out the night, but the evening is when most people are concerned with the lights shining the brightest, so take the time and do it.
Christmas outdoor lights and outdoor decorations for Christmas, whether trains or pine trees, Nativity scenes or outdoor tree lights, there is something for just about everyone at this time of year. Setting up and planning for Christmas early removes some of the stress and also some of the cold fingers from trying to get everything set up and ready for this special time of year.
For indoor delights be sure to consider candle chandeliers.