Outdoor Christmas Display
How To Transform Your Life
And Your Yard
Just thinking of an outdoor Christmas display floods the mind
with fond, faraway memories.
Like everyone piling into cars on Christmas Eve to
caravan from street to street ooohing and aaahing at all the
And there were always those yards
-- you remember -- that had all manner of outdoor Christmas
decorations depicting every single aspect of the holiday season with
a spectacular flourish.
The outdoor Christmas figures ranged from the lone
outdoor nativity set to an outdoor Christmas wreath hung on a door to yards festooned with
animated snowmen, to Mr. and Mrs.
Claus sharing a wink to Santa's
reindeer and his sleigh to
outdoor Christmas trees, to Seasons Greetings!, Happy Hanukkah!, Merry
Christmas!, Happy New Year! and Happy Holidays! writ large and
bright in lights. And of course what would Christmas have been
without spying the Nativity scene?
And the highlight --
thousands of outdoor Christmas lights twinkling everywhere we looked.
If this is the year
you'll set up your own outdoor Christmas displays, you're gonna need
some tips and ideas to help you get your Christmas rear in gear and
get your cheer on!
So here's your first move: Decide
what your display will depict.
If your theme is purely
whimsical and low-key, then Santa and Mrs. Claus are always fabulous
But don't stop there. Be daring and let your
imagination run wild!
Think traditional and not-so-traditional outdoor
Christmas lights, festive outdoor
and warm, wonderful, whimsical
outdoor Christmas wreaths.
There are all sorts of
and other illuminated, animated, and inflated outdoor
Christmas decorations, like Frosty and other snowmen, Snoopy,
penguins, Pooh Bear, the Simpsons, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Santa's
reindeer, the Grinch, Santa's elves, characters from the Nightmare
Before Christmas, and good ol' inflatable Santa himself -- just to
name a few.
We'd be here all day long if I went through the
entire list of inflatables and animated characters you could choose
to use to take your holiday display completely over the
You could even display a huge inflatable snow globe
where the entire scene takes place inside!
Or take it up a notch with
an animated display of Disney's "It's a Small World" -- complete
In fact, every outdoor Christmas display needs music --
don't you think so?
On the other hand, you could do a Nativity scene
replete with the three wise men to really convey the true meaning of
You may even consider a Christmas combo and have Santa
kneeling in front of the baby Jesus.
Or, what about using a Victorian bicycle
rider like this
Hey, that could be your theme -- a totally Victorian
And what would an outdoor Christmas display be without
outdoor Christmas tree, or an outdoor
Christmas wreath to welcome
And don't forget all the other outdoor Christmas figures and flourishes that take your displays
to another level.
All righty then, your next move...location, location,
You want the display to be
as conspicuous as possible -- trust me on this one.
The more conspicuous the better I always
This way, you'll be sure to bring holiday cheer to
everyone who passes by.
Once you've decided where the scene will take place,
make sure there are plenty of safe, accessible power sources.
Because outdoor Christmas lights are essential in
bringing your entire Christmas display to life.
Speaking of Christmas
lights, why not incorporate lighted, animated
creatures like Bambi nestled under your
The illuminated, animated topiar y's head moves up and
down as if nibbling on the evergreen foliage.
Now a word of caution: If
you've ever watched the Griswold family in the movie "Christmas
Vacation", you probably thought all their wacky, zany holiday
mishaps and antics were funny.
We'll they really were pretty funny -- but it's
only funny on screen. If it ever happened in real life, thos
could mean serious injury.
So, be sure to take all the necessary precautions,
including keeping your walkways clear and using only electrical
devices specifically designed for use outdoors.
When you've decided on the message your outdoor
Christmas display will convey, and you know where you'll put it, and
how it will be powered, all that's left is a little creative
So, gather all the kids around, take your time, have
some fun, and create a family memory!
Christmastime is magical!
An outdoor Christmas display entertains travelers and
guests alike. And it's a great way to welcome the holiday
And setting up an outdoor Christmas display is the
perfect memory maker.
So gear up for the season with outdoor Christmas decorating ideas and
use these helpful tips and you'll be well on your way to creating an
outdoor Christmas display that spreads holiday cheer to everyone!