Let there be light: Outdo the Jones’ with over the top lights and decorations

How do we really know when Christmas is here? For me, it’s when the decorations start surfacing and the streets become awash with twinkling lights and festive ornaments. Christmas decorations are the way people welcome the holiday season and encourage some festive spirit in the area they live in.


As with almost anything, some people become slightly competitive about their lights and decorations. Desperate to outshine the neighbours, some people can get a little carried away. There is no shame in this, it merely suggests the Christmas spirit is in full force – some of the biggest Christmas lovers will go all out with their lights and decorations and show off their creativity with their displays.


If you are a huge holiday enthusiast, then why not follow in other people’s footsteps? You could even take it one step further and literally create your own display. Creating the lights could be a little too challenging, but making your own decorations is possible. Let your artistic and festive nature shine through with your own unique Christmas adornments, with a little help from Homecrafts.


The sky is the limit, when it comes to being crafty. There are so many things you can make and create to give your house a real Christmassy look to reflect your and your family’s personality. You will easily win the decorative war this way.


Sometimes a show-stopping festive display can go beyond mere competition. In the town where I live, there is a couple who cover their entire house with lights, decorations, displays, fake snow . . . the works. They don’t do it to get attention, or because they are particularly festive, instead they do it to raise money for charity.


Several years ago their family member passed away, after a long battle with cancer and the money their festive display makes is given to related charities. Families from throughout the town, and even further afield, travel to see the yearly display, donating generously to see a winter wonderland on their own doorstep.


Christmas doesn’t always have to be about top show; it can be the time of year where generosity becomes important through donations, brightening up a street or adding a little light to people’s lives.


We are given very few opportunities for genuine celebration throughout the year and the Christmas and New Year periods create that chance. Make your home really stand out and create a warm and inviting place that is awash with tradition and festivity. You can really get back to the true meaning of Christmas and celebrate with family, friends, neighbours and even strangers.


Ella Mason, an experienced freelance writer, wrote this article. Ella specialises in providing useful and engaging advice to small businesses. Follow her on Twitter @ellatmason



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