It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

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 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:IMG_7616

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?

3 Comments on It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

  1. pechluck (@pechluck)
    December 16, 2013 at 10:06 am (4 months ago)

    I agree- it doesn’t feel like Christmas unless I also have a tree up! My DH doesn’t want to put lights out- we had them our first year with the house but then when we repainted he took them down and he doesn’t want to go through the up/down task again. :(
    Some places are already having sales – I purchased some Christmas servingware at Fred Meyer’s on Sat at 40% off, so you may want to already have an eye out!

  2. Ali Mackin
    December 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm (4 months ago)

    So glad you got a tree this year. And your house seems to really be coming along. Portland is great. I use to live in Seattle.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  3. Kira
    December 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm (4 months ago)

    We got our tree, but it’s currently sitting in the garage undecorated. I have very little motivation this year for some reason. We only got a tree because I thought Pearl would like it. Your house looks great, I know we are definitely not getting around to exterior lights here this year!


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