Hope After A Hard Year: Spread Joy This Season with These Holiday Decor Tips
When it comes to Christmas decorations, people usually fall somewhere in between two points on this spectrum: outdoor extravaganza or no Christmas lights outside at all. No matter where you fall on the scale, it’s no secret that Christmas lights are a favorite pastime, from small communities to the big city, and Central Florida is no exception. The entire Tampa Bay area is known for having impressive commercial light displays, in addition to homeowners who have developed a reputation for their cheery and bright decor. Even if you don’t choose to go all out, adding a little bit of seasonal fun to your home’s exterior is a great way to spread Christmas spirit, and this year more than ever before, that could be a big deal to you AND to passerby.
Here are our three favorite ideas for fun, affordable, and safe outdoor decor as you deck the halls for Christmas:
- Every tree can be a Christmas tree. Even if you can’t adorn each shrub and tree in tightly wound lights, you can easily (and cheaply) decorate the trees in front of or around your home with a strand or two of inexpensive lights, and some large-scale ornaments found at your discount or dollar store. These ornaments are easily hung in branches with simple fishing line and they add a fun pop of interest to the branches (or palm fronts!). Turn your front yard into a holiday wonderland by making EVERY tree a Christmas tree, and placing some fun treats or goodies for neighbors underneath for a socially distanced, drive-by holiday party. Your friendly smile and a “Merry Christmas” from your front porch is sure to brighten their season. Be sure that treats are away from any driveways or streets to protect young ones from drivers who might not be paying attention.
- Make it a musical. So, you’ve put out lights, a few fun lawn ornaments, and still aren’t feeling as festive as you were hoping? Add some Christmas tunes to your setup this year! A simple speaker or two can easily be placed on a front porch, or, even in the edge of an open garage, and used to spread Christmas magic through song. Choose upbeat, classic carrolls that will add a little bit of happiness and normalcy to this Christmas as your friends and neighbors drive or walk by. Are you REALLY feeling adventurous? Look for online tutorials for setting up your lights and timers to go along with the music for your own private holiday show. Be sure to check with any local authorities or neighborhood HOAs so you don’t accidentally break any rules or regulations, and if you start to gain a lot of traffic, speak with neighbors and be sure to get their input. Your actions can affect them too if cars are parking to watch, driving by at late hours, etc.
- Go big! Sometimes less is more…and sometimes you want BIG impact from your holiday decor. If this is the year you’re ready to supersize your curb appeal, there are a lot of great options! Large-scale inflatable Christmas decor is popular now and can be found at any big box or hardware store. From giant, working snowglobes to fun and familiar movie characters, you’re sure to find something that makes you smile and gives your neighbors a chuckle. When it comes to Christmas inflatables, the bigger the better! Just be sure any holiday decor is clear of street edges and won’t interfere with drivers or pedestrians in any way. Beware of brightly flashing lights or decor with sudden movement if you are near a busy street as well. You don’t want to be the reason a driver gets into an accident because of a visual obstruction.
We hope you’ll take time to reflect this year on what really matters, and enjoy the holiday season for all it’s meant to be: a time to celebrate peace, hope, joy, love, and be thankful for our blessings and the ones we care about most. While 2020 has certainly been less than ideal, we believe that spreading kindness this Christmas is a great way to bring joy to yourself at the same time, and will make this holiday one to be remembered for the right reasons. Sessums Law Group is here working alongside you to keep our Tampa Bay community uplifted and strong. We look forward to continuing to serve you in 2021. Merry Christmas from all of us to you!