We are normally the first people at the Christmas tree lot the day after Thanksgiving. This year, we left for vacation the day after Thanksgiving and returned this past Monday, so our holiday decorating was postponed until this past weekend.
I must admit, it just didn’t feel like Christmas without a tree in our house or any lights up. Last year, we moved into our house on December 6th, so we didn’t end up putting lights up at all. We still got a Christmas tree and had lights inside, but this year was truly our FIRST year having lights on the outside of the house.
I ordered the lights from Sears.com in a post-Christmas sale last year. I bought two strands that were 126′ long each, but as you can see in the below photo, that didn’t get us very far. Here is how it turned out:
Being new to the outdoor Christmas lights craft, we are pretty happy at our first attempt, but we are already plotting our attack for next year. Last night, we attended the opening night of Portland’s Peacock Lane and took plenty of mental notes from Portland’s finest. We really want to light up our dogwood tree in the front yard and have plans to purchase the right lights for it in the after Christmas sales.
We also plan on borrowing a ladder from our neighbors next year, in order to get the lights up higher on the peaks. Our house is on a slope, so we need an exceptionally tall ladder to get to the top!
Any outdoor light veterans out there have tips for us newbies? What are your best secrets for hanging professional looking Christmas lights?