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Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

The holiday season is upon us once again and I want to share with you some outdoor Christmas decorating ideas and inspirations.   I headed up north to the San Francisco Bay Area right after Thanksgiving to do a decorating job I’ve done for many years now.   Everything used has been collected over the years and is pulled out to turn the front yard into a holiday wonderland.  The porch is made festive with penguins, candles, nutcrackers and garlands –  it sparkles with lights and more lights.  Santa sits merrily in his sleigh surrounded by trees and packages while his reindeer check out the garden.  A beautiful manager scene, with custom painted figures, graces the front corner of the yard and gets accented with palm fronds cut from the back yard.   As usual, there’s a video waiting for you at the end.

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 The sleigh, with pumpkins leftover from the Halloween/Fall display, waiting for Santa to jump on in.

 

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 Rudolph, adorned with lit bead garland, leads the way.

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The festoons are being hung, temporarily attached with wire, & then secured with fishing line.

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The festoons are lit & large, shiny red ornaments hanging from the center of each add even more sparkle & shine.

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 Garland is placed at the base of the front porch displays & is then lit.  It brightens the stairs & the way to the front door.

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A couple of my favorites – the Christmas penguins.  If you look close, you can see everything is secured by fishing line – this valley gets very windy.

outdoor christmas decorating ideas

The front door display.

outdoor christmas decorating ideas

 These candles, in different sizes & colors, are such a nice touch.

outdoor christmas decorating ideas

 An overview of the front porch.

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The nativity  scene is dressed with palm fronds collected from the back yard.  Hydrangeas, cut from the garden, are used as accents too.

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The front gate & arbor, lit on both sides, welcome guests into the yard.

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Small trees illuminate the pathways.

LINKS

As many of you already know, I was a professional Christmas decorator for years.  I have some tips to share with you to make your decorating endeavors a bit easier and a bit brighter which you can find in the links below.

Ideas For Christmas Decorations

Ideas And Tips To Make Your Christmas Merry And Bright

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2 comments:

  1. please help me find the festoons

  2. Hi Bobette – I once owned a Christmas decorating business & bought those festoons wholesale from a holiday decorating supplier about 15 years ago. They don’t sell directly to the public. I think amazon sells large ones (9′ or bigger) but I’m not sure if the small ones are made anymore. I’d check ebay or amazon. Hope that helps, Nell

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