Lets talk Holiday Decor – The Christmas Lights!

bottlelightsDIY23The holiday season is upon us, and one staple of most decorating must haves is… Christmas lights! Then again, if you think about it, these lovely strands of illumination are not just for the holidays anymore. I have seen them used in some real interesting ways over the years. From lighting up the outside of an RV, to these wonderful DIY bottles full of light over at Design Mom. Not only a great Christmas decoration, but I also see it as a nice romantic lighting display.

Thomas Edison is credited with a lot of creativity and he also made the first strand of Christmas lights. He strung them around his laboratory in 1880. It was not until 1882 when Edison’s partner, Edward Johnson strung lights around a Christmas tree that the tradition was in the making. It took some time before indoor holiday lighting became a trusted decorating idea, but a big thanks goes to President Grover Cleveland who requested electric lighting for the family tree in 1895. Lighting a Christmas tree was a pretty expensive back in those days, but by the 1960s, a larger part of the population was able to afford this wondrous strand of lighting for their tree.

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Christmas lights are so common now, we just dont think what a wonderful thing it was to those first to use these magnificent strands of lighted pearls. Holiday decorating has changed to include colorful strands of incandescent lights, and there has been an increase of interest in LED lights. With the widespread availability of the internet now, it is easy to shop online for Christmas lights! It is so simple and quick to find wreaths, garland, yard decor, pre-lighted trees, light nets, light ropes, and light strings of all kinds, PLUS you can have them shipped right to your door!

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Decorating tips abound on the internet and like I said before, it is not just for Christmas. Take this idea I found over at PR Sara Hevans!, light strands can be used for so much more.
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So my dear readers… What ways have you used your holiday lighting? Are you just a Christmas tree decorator, or do you go all out on your home?

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23 Responses to Lets talk Holiday Decor – The Christmas Lights!

  1. Ana says:

    I decorate the whole house… inside and out. Love the bedroom light curtain idea. Very pretty!

  2. I love Christmas lights. We live in the country on a desolate dirt road, but we still put a light display in the front wooded area every year. I love to see them twinkling every night when I come home from work. My newest light craft, a basket filled with pine cones and white lights weaved through it.
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  3. Deborah says:

    I really like the light strands. And, yes, I’d be tempted to leave them up. They give a feeling of goodwill from Christmas, without overly Holiday – yeah, I vote all year ;)
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  4. This year our decorating is a bit sparse because of the new baby, but we love using lighting throughout the house.
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  5. I love putting holiday lights in wine bottles, mason jars, etc– and I love the jugs!
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  6. Ya know… I don’t usually do a lot of decorating for Christmas. I guess I get homesick being so far away from family. I do like the light strand idea, though. If I have any extra strands, maybe I will try that.
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  7. brett says:

    we are in the middle. some lights outside, ALL OUT inside

  8. I absolutely love Christmas lights. We have so many in our house and it makes me smile when I see them.
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  9. Milena says:

    I put way more lights on my tree than most! Love them!
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  10. I love the look of Christmas lights on some decorative items year round. I think they can be very versatile!
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  11. Shauna says:

    I am just a Holiday decorator and I have to say I never thought about taking them out any other time of year… But, love the idea

  12. Pam says:

    We usually use wreaths and a live Christmas tree, but my dad decks his house out with lights. I love looking at other people’s light displays, but I don’t like having to put up decorations!
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  13. I like that wall of lights behind the bed. I would really like to do something like that in my bedroom.
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  14. Danielle says:

    Alright, I’ll admit it – I am quite particular about utilizing lighting to my relaxing advantage ;) I have barstools lined up along one wall with plants on them, and a large floor plant beside the stools. White string lights are interwoven through the all of the plants to create a little ‘faerie’ world. The kids love to read next to it. I am absolutely in love with the photo above of the lights behind the bed – wow!
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  15. Dawn Lopez says:

    I need to spend more time working on our home decor. I’ve been so busy, it’s taken a back seat. These are amazing ideas!
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  16. Shanna says:

    We don’t do a lot of lights other than the ones on the tree, but this year I’m trying some LED lights in our front window. I like them, so I think I’ll put up some more this weekend!
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  17. Dawn says:

    Right now, we have our Christmas tree up but we only have lights on it – no other decorations. It’s actually still very pretty, so we may just leave it like that this year.
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  18. We are simple, lights on the tree and lights outside. My kids would love it if we used more lights.
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  19. I like to put them all in a vase and put dried twigs in it with some silver paint and tiny ornaments.
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  20. I’ve actually used the rope lights in my kids’ rooms.

  21. That looks beautiful behind the bed like that. I really do love seeing all the new light variations they come up with each year for the holidays.

  22. Pynk says:

    I love to decorate the whole house for Christmas as well as Halloween! Making crafts & displaying them around the home makes the seasonal feel so magical & fun. The twinkle lights behind the bed in that photo look magnificent! I would love to get some gauzy curtains & do something like that on my big sliding glass window or guest bedroom!
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