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December
7

Holiday Lights

What better way to make your new house feel like home this holiday season than to put up a few lights? You could just string them across the roof, but since you're in a new place, why not try something more elaborate this year? There are plenty of homes for sale in Raleigh with beautiful light displays. Here are a few ideas to get your imagination going.

  1. Lined Walkways
    Line your walkway with something festive. You can do something simple and elegant, like a string of white lights on either side, leading up to the columns on your porch, wrapped in lights. Or you could do something a bit fancier. Try lining your walkway with 4-foot plastic candy canes, each wrapped in strings of red and white lights. Then, when you get to the top of the porch, have a couple of 4-foot Nutcracker soldiers, with internal lights, guarding your front door.

  2. Candy Cane Forest
    There are other things you can do with those 4-foot plastic candy canes. You can wrap them in lights yourself, get some that light up on their own, or have a mix of both. Either way, stick them in the ground all over your yard to create a candy cane "forest." Then add a few light-up characters to explore the forest: a Nutcracker, a Gingerbread Man, an elf or two, etc. Get creative and see what kinds of scenes you can stage around the forest.

  3. Bushes and Trees
    Whatever bushes, shrubs, and trees are in your front yard, it's important to put lights on them too. For those, try colorful lights that blink in various patterns. You can even take a bush and decorate it like a Christmas tree, adding a few light-up ornaments to it and placing a light-up display of presents underneath it. The less the bush looks like an actual Christmas tree, the funnier it will be.

  4. Luminarias
    If you have a few paper lunch bags and a bit of extra time, you can make luminarias: paper lanterns that line your pathways or dot your lawn. A traditional holiday decoration in New Mexico and the Southwest, they're very simple to make. Fill each bag with a little sand, then add an LED candle to it. Experiment with different colored lights in different places to add variety. You can also draw fun and festive patterns on each bag, which will become more pronounced when the lanterns light up.

  5. Synchronized Lights and Music
    This takes a bit of extra skill to do properly, but the effect is worth the time and effort. If you have LED lights, you can program them to light up in certain patterns and in a certain rhythm. Program your own light display and set it to the rhythm of a fun Christmas song - ideally something familiar and instrumental, like Sleigh Ride or Carol of the Bells - played through a Bluetooth speaker. You'll probably want to use it sparingly and/or set up multiple songs so it doesn't get repetitive for both you and your neighbors. You can also use a projector to turn the entire front of your house into a laser light show, complete with music. Not only is this simpler to set up, but it also allows for a longer playlist.

These are just a few of the ways you can make your home look festive this holiday season. Contact us if you're ready to make Raleigh your new home. Our real estate agents will help you find the perfect house to let your creative spirit fly during the holidays and throughout the year.

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