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We just finished putting up our Christmas decorations - white icycle lights around the house, candy canes and colored lights lining the walkway and drive, dripping lights in the oak trees, colored lights on the fence, and multiple lighted/moving displays surrounding the yard - a 3 car train, Santa in a sleigh with 4 reindeer, Santa in a pirogue with 3 alligators (this is Louisiana!), and Mr. Bingle (an iconic New Orleans character - a snowman with holly wings and a waffle cone hat) to name a few. We have a corner lot with 2 1/2 acres, so we have displays on 3 sides. NO inflatibles, and everything is on timers - on at 5pm and off at 10 pm. Thank goodness for LEDs!

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Linda Ross

My main decor is my Nativity set. It reminds us of what Christmas is about. I also put lights on a front door wreath and garland. I see a lot of neighbors hire professionals to outline their roof lines, but that has gotten boring. It all looks the same. The pros need to come up with something more creative. I’m do like to see lights at Christmas, both white and colored lights. We don’t get snow, so it makes me think of icy landscapes.

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Kathleen Marineau

We have always been minimal outdoor decorators. When we lived in the Sierra foothills where neighbors were not in line of sight without using binoculars it got really dark most winter nights. I put a string of colored lights on the fence alongside the driveway. They were on timers set for the range of time we would be coming home from work. I left them up until we had twilight to find our way up the driveway without hitting a coyote or boar.

Now we are in West VA and housing our daughter and granddaughter in our basement apartment. Granddaughter (8yr old) is enthusiastic about outdoor decorations. I have 1 short set of battery lights and plan to buy a few more for her to put on some young evergreen trees. She also wants lights on the front porch railing. That means buying more timers or looking for solar powered.


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