Once you get them untangled, holiday lights are key to the postcard-perfect Christmas scene. Wrap them around porches and stair rails, stuff them in trees and bushes ... aaand just about everywhere else for the most cheerful house on the block.
Edging the roof, windows and doors makes your home's own charming features stand out big time.
The holiday decorations shouldn't stop at the front door. A pair of illuminated wreaths add quintessential Christmas charm to this front gate.
Take some inspiration from your favorite holiday treat and alternate red and white lights around the roof and windows.
Flickering beacons along the walkway make quite the first impression. They'll welcome visitors (and reveal hidden patches of ice!).
Dangle icicle lights along the ceiling of the veranda for your own personal winter wonderland.
No matter what the forecast calls for, a few snowflakes suspended from the tree in your front yard brings to mind a snow day. Thankfully, there's no shoveling required.
Picking colors strategically can really pay off. These blue, red and green lights separate the landscaping from the facade.
It's the one time of year a tall staircase doesn't seem so bad. With a long bannister to work with, garlands and lights can come cascading down.
A "jolly happy soul" is the perfect welcoming committee. Sparkly presents under the tree don't hurt either.
No need to put on your snow boots. Winding lights around porch posts is easy enough, even for a Grinch.
"The more, the merrier" still holds true for Christmas lights. Just be sit down before opening the electricity bill.
Old-fashioned Christmas lights with oversized bulbs — plus twinkling candles in each window — add some serious curb appeal .
Don't scrimp on a festive theme. This home looks like a life-sized gingerbread house, thanks to giant peppermints and sweets.
A picket fence has nothing on this glowing border. Coupled with the string light Christmas trees, it's easy to fake the front yard features you wish you had.
Skip hauling out the ladder and dust off summer's tomato cages instead. Wrapped with LED lights, the wire cones mimic tiny trees, minus the prickly branches.
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