Christmas light displays often are the brightest part of the holiday season. Everyone loves to see a yard completely lit up with magical snowmen and Santa Claus in his sleigh. During the holidays, the young and the young at heart take to the streets to check out the many different houses and their unique decorations, but it is the illuminating colors that seem to captivate and capture our hearts.
At one time, the only Christmas light displays that you saw were those that were handmade and simply surrounded by bulbs that had been tacked on. Now there are elaborate displays that can be purchased in just about any theme imaginable, providing you have the budget both to buy the Christmas decorations and pay the electric bill throughout the season.
Some of the most familiar Christmas light displays are the ones illuminating manger scenes. At one time these were simply enhanced at night with a flood light, but now they come in an illuminated variety that features the actual manger as well as all of the other figures such as Mary, Joseph, the three wise men and the stable animals that are showcased as well.
Christmas light displays also include the array of strands that can be purchased for both indoor and outdoor use. LED Christmas lights are now a popular choice because they offer a much deeper hue of whatever color they feature, and the colors themselves are much more vibrant. Many people opt to trim their home on various areas of the exterior, such as the eaves along the roof and even down the front of the house.
More elaborate displays have been seen where people have opted to cover nearly every visible inch of their home with these strands. Some other popular ideas for the exterior are decorating any hedges or trees in your yard, and this can be done with a combination of ornaments and illuminating strands.
Some people also opt to decorate their garages as well, completing the holiday ensemble. Others will decorate the lamp posts in front of their home. It has even been noted that some have decided to decorate the grill of their vehicle with wreaths, bows, and twinkling bulbs.
For some households, Christmas light displays are as much of a tradition as the holiday dinner and exchanging gifts. As you drive through different neighborhoods during the season, you will see these families proudly showing their festive outdoor Christmas decorations.
Of course there are many different ideas for the interior of your home as well. While some people limit the use of these bulbs to just the tree in their home, others opt to decorate stair railings, door casings, archways and other rooms as well.
Another popular idea is to hang wreaths that are fitted with battery powered lights. This is a great way to brighten up the door or a hallway without having to hang additional strands or extension cords.
No matter whether you are decorating the interior or the exterior of your home, these colorful bulbs have been a part of the holiday season for as long as there has been electricity to power them with, and this will likely continue on for generations to come.