Decorating The Exterior Of Your Home For The Holidays

November 21, 2017 by Melissa | 0 Comments

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation Lights

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I cannot help to think about Christmas.  It seems like Christmas lights are going up sooner and sooner each year.  In fact, not only have a few of my neighbors already hung their exterior lights, they are also turning them on every evening.  To be honest, hanging Christmas lights before Thanksgiving seems a bit too early to me (but I seem to be in the minority on this).

When it comes to holiday decor, I am a firm believer in the old adage, “less is more.”  We have one Christmas tree in our home and a few mantel decorations.  As I am looking around at the Christmas lights that have already sprung up, I have started thinking more about our exterior decor.  Since we do not plan to hire professionals, we can’t pick anything too extravagant or gravity-defying.  I have always loved the idea of hanging simple wreaths on the windows and front door, perhaps with lit topiaries on the porch.  So, I decided to hunt around a bit and see if anyone else has used the look I am imagining.

Holiday front door with wreaths and garland

Image courtesy of onekindesign.com

The image above is close to what I am picturing, minus the swooping and side-hanging garland and lanterns.  While this is a bit more extravagant than my ideal look, I do think it is very festive.

Holiday wreath against Black Front Door

While I likely would not choose a pink ribbon, I think the wreath above is very beautiful.  I’d love to have six of these to place over our front door and windows.

Christmas Wreaths Decorating Exterior Windows

Image courtesy of MyDesignChic.com

I love the wreaths on the front door and windows of the home above.   But, again, I could do without the swooping garland.

Christmas Wreaths on Windows and Front door

Image courtesy of DecorPad.com 

I found it!  The perfect Christmas exterior.  The wreaths are the right size and perfectly placed on the windows.  And, with just a couple of topiaries to accent the front door, nothing is too overdone.  Now, I just need to figure out how to get the wreaths attached to the windows without putting holes in the frames.  Details, details. . . .

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