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Decorate for the Holidays in an Afternoon

Christmas Decorations

If your neighborhood is looking all merry and bright and you’ve yet to hang a strand of lights, don’t despair. Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be a weekend affair. These five tips, plus our coupon for 20% off all holiday merchandise in this week’s circular, will have your home ready for Rudolph in no time.

  1. Rope Lights - Also known as tube lights, these decorative lights just keep getting better. They can take the form of holiday characters like reindeer and Christmas trees, or you can use their unusual yet handy "shopability" to wrap around porch railings and entry columns. Get a little creative with how and where you string them and who knows what you can come up with!

  2. "Snowflake" Lights - Somewhat new to the decorating scene are shimmering snowflakes that stand alone or come as part of a longer strand. Sold typically as 10-packs, the individual snowflakes are strung together and can be placed in windows, trees and bushes or tacked onto shutters or latticework for a "snowfall" effect. Longer strands of icicle lights are also available with snowflakes dangling from the bottom row.

  3. Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Trees - Pre-lit trees can be assembled in less than five minutes and look like the real thing. As far as lighting is concerned, the fiber optic trees are fantastic. Some even have revolving color wheels in the base that continually change the light patterns on the tips of the tree's "needles," creating a shimmer effect. Stand back and look hard… you may be convinced your tree is the real thing!

  4. Commercial-Grade Light Sets - Commercial light sets are stronger and can handle more wear and tear, the bulbs burn brighter and up to six strands can be strung together for greater decorating ability. Make this investment now, and your lights will last year after year without having to be replaced as often.

  5. Light Clips - If you've been living without these for the past few years, you’re making it too hard! To take the strain out of stringing the house with lights, light clips allow for hanging lights off gutters and around window frames without nails. There are even clips for hanging lights off of bricks for masonry homes. The clips are inexpensive and can be re-used, and what's more, when it's time to take the lights down off the house (hopefully not in April), the clear clips can be left on for next year. It'll make your job that much easier!