Little girl in a Santa hat rejoices as she sticks a Christmas snowflake sticker on her window at home.

There is plenty of information online if you are looking for holiday decoration ideas for your windows. However, there is not much out there to explain how to pull it off without pulling your hair out in the process. Decorating your windows for the holidays can be a fun activity, but without a master plan and budget, things can quickly turn into a project you regret taking on. In this article we will review how a little planning can go a long way with helping you create a cheery holiday window display everyone can enjoy.  

Start with a Holiday Window Decorating Plan 

  • Holiday Decorating Idea for Windows: Start with a Theme  

Creating individual scenes for each window is fine, but planning a design that uses several windows to connect a central theme will have a bigger impact. And remember, your windows are just one part of your holiday canvas. You can use the entire house to tie it into your window display. For example, you could create a winter wonderland scene on your windows and use lighted snowmen in the front yard to extend the scene even further. Or place Santa and his reindeer on your roof and decorate your windows with Santa’s helper, the elves. To top off your masterpiece, your holiday lights should use colors from your overall theme to bring your masterpiece together. 

  • Determine Your Decorating Budget 

Everybody loves a cheerful, elaborate holiday displays, but when you add up all the cost, some displays can get expensive. However, there are a few ways to create impressive holiday displays without breaking your holiday budget—it just takes a little extra planning. Here are some suggestions on how to break up your holiday decorating budget: 

    • Window display 
    • Lawn decorations 
    • Outdoor lights 
    • Indoor lights 
    • Roof decorations 
    • Accessories and supplies 
    • Energy costs to power your displays 
    • Divvy Up the Duties  

If you have an elaborate display planned that includes holiday window decorations, it’s better to make it a team effort. Have your family and friends help. Decide who’s responsible for what up front. Focus on each person’s strengths. If there’s an artist in the family, have them focus on window painting. If you have a tech guru, put them in charge of the lights prep, and so on.  

  • Remember Maintenance  

The best holiday displays require a little upkeep and maintenance. If you have many strands of holiday lights hung on your gutters or roof, you’ll need to keep those areas clear of snow, ice, and debris. You’ll also need to change any dimming or burnt-out bulbs. If you have a window display involving plants or fruit, you may have to change them out periodically to keep the décor looking fresh. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to babysit your display constantly. Just keep an eye on it and check it every few days. You’re putting a lot of time and effort into creating this holiday display, so you want it to last all season looking just as spectacular as it did when you finished. 

  • Incorporate Outdoor Lighting into Your Holiday Window Decorations 

Outdoor lighting can really accentuate creative holiday window decorations. There are so many options available: round bulbs, teardrop bulbs, twinkle, dangle, snowflake—the choices are almost endless! You could even have your lights timed to sync up with holiday music. This could get a bit complicated, so you may want to enlist some help from professionals.  

Hire a Professional to Help 

Decorating the exterior of your house and windows can really help create a festive holiday mood that family, friends and neighbors will enjoy. However, putting up, taking down and storing all those decorations does take time. And with all the other things you have to do to prepare for the holidays, you may not have the time to get it all done. Fortunately, there are companies that can take care of your all your holiday decorations and lighting for you. The trained professionals at Your Holiday Lights are experts when it comes bringing your dream holiday display to life. We can setup, take down and store all your holiday decorations. This means you can put your holiday spirit on full display, and have time to enjoy them too! Call us today at 888.311.8882 of visit us online to schedule an appointment. 

 

The holiday season is upon us so it’s time to start preparing for the festivities, but with all the hustle and bustle of the season, where and how do you begin? Don’t worry, we have some tips to help you start and stay on track as you cross the important things off your holiday prep checklist. 

Create a Holiday Checklist  

Your first order of business is to create a holiday checklist. Lists are a great way to make sure you don’t forget any important tasks as the season gets busier and busier. Once you’ve written out every task, you’ll have a better idea of how to budget and allocate your time. You might even be surprised by how quickly you can check off some of the simpler items to complete. If a handwritten list seems too tedious and old school, there are plenty of apps you can download on your phone that will make compiling a holiday checklist even easier. Once you have the list on your phone, checking off items you’ve completed requires just a tap of your finger. Whichever way you choose, it’s satisfying to see those completed items come off your holiday prep checklist—as you prep and organize your home for the season. 

Time Management Is Your Friend 

A great way to cut down on the inevitable holiday prep stress is to create a timeline that coordinates with your holiday checklist. Timelines are a great way to manage the time you have available to prepare your home for dinners, parties, shopping, wrapping or whatever else the holidays have in store. Create a calendar, along with individual tasks you’ll need to complete to meet your goals. Figure out the number of days and the amount of time you think you’ll need for cleaning, shopping, decorating, and so on. Then allocate the necessary days and time in your schedule to get each task completed. This is where managing your time effectively comes into play. In order to stay on track and focused on the tasks at hand, it’s important to minimize distractions (don’t spend an hour on your phone when you should be cleaning) and block out your schedule so family and friends know you’re busy. Once you see your checklist laid out and organized in calendar form, it can seem less intimidating and overwhelming. And remember, there’s no shame in asking for professional help. There are plenty of resources available to get those items on your list completed. For example, why not hire someone to help clean the interior and exterior of your windows (one of the most overlooked areas of holiday prep). Once you have your windows sparkling clean, you can focus on the rest of the house. The pros at Molly Maid can help you prepare the inside of your home for holiday guest, and if you need help getting the outside looking just right for that holiday party, Window Genie is ready to help you get it all done. 

Start at the Top of Your Checklist for Every Holiday Party 

One of the most daunting tasks is hanging holiday lights. This task will go a lot smoother if you have a clean, blank canvas to work with. A clean, dry roof makes the best surface for holiday light hanging. Roof cleaning can be quite a time-consuming and dangerous job, which can be even more dangerous when the weather turns cold. This is one job where hiring a professional is well worth the cost. However, if you do decide to tackle cleaning your roof, be sure to put safety first. Use a sturdy ladder, durable work gloves, and have someone outside spotting you while you’re on the roof. Never work on the roof while home alone. If you plan on hanging lights on your gutters, be sure they’re clean as well. Clogged gutters mixed with electricity can cause damage or even a fire. 

Clean Windows  

If you want to dazzle your guests with your holiday lights display, be sure your windows are clean and your home’s exterior is in great shape. Nothing puts a damper on pretty twinkle lights like dirty, grimy front windows. Clean, streak-free windows give your festive lights that extra ‘wow factor.’ In fact, clean glass helps reflect the sparkle of those twinkling light! 

Prepping Decorations for Display 

Do you know where your holiday decorations are stored? Are they in good condition? Do any of them need to be repaired? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, be sure to put ‘inventory and check decorations’ near the top of your holiday checklist. This goes for holiday lights as well. There’s nothing as frustrating as spending hours hanging holiday lights only to find out half of them don’t light up when you plug them in (Ughhhhh!). The easiest way to ensure every set of lights you hang is working properly is to untangle and plug them in before they go on your house. This makes replacing any damaged or broken bulbs or strands of light a lot easier. 

Get Help Checking Things Off Your List 

The holidays should be a time of fun, festivities and celebration, but they can also be stressful and overwhelming when you’re struggling to get everything on your holiday list done on time. You can take a lot of the stress and worry out of this holiday season by hiring some pros to help you get your holiday checklist completed. The pros at Window Genie can help prep your home exterior for the holidays. And when you’re ready to dazzle your family, friends and neighbors with an amazing holiday light display, the lighting pros at Your Holiday Lights are ready to make it happen. They can help create a custom holiday display that reflects your holiday spirit, then take it all down and pack it away until next year. Now that sounds like the recipe for a happy holiday! 

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a challenging year. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve had to change how we work, learn, socialize, and even shop. Are you planning to skip the in-person shopping spree this Black Friday? Thanks to numerous online shopping options and other creative solutions, you don’t have to miss out on the season’s best deals. Here’s how the retail industry has pivoted to make Christmas shopping safer in 2020. Continue reading “How to Get Your Holiday Shopping Done Safely This Year”

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When we think of Christmas more than likely we think about the many different traditions that come with the holiday. Traditions reach several parts of our holiday life. We watch the same programs every year. We decorate inside and out. We cook our favorite foods. It is all just part of embracing the season. So when something can break through the old traditions and make its way into our holiday routine it’s a big deal. The Elf on the Shelf may seem like an age-old tradition, but it’s far newer than you might think. Continue reading “Traditional Tales: Elf on the Shelf”

Fall is pumpkin spice season—no doubt about it. With pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice cookies, pumpkin spice cereal, pumpkin bread, pumpkin yogurt, and pumpkin candy, you may be sick and tired of pumpkin by the time Thanksgiving rolls around! Why not surprise the family with something other than pumpkin pie this year? Here are some unique, alternative pie recipes to try out.

Cinnamon Pie

If you want a dessert that looks similar to pumpkin pie, and even has many of the same ingredients (minus the pumpkin), consider trying cinnamon pie this Thanksgiving. With its creamy spiced filling and golden crust, this is sure to be a favorite go-to in the years to come.

Unsurprisingly, the flavor is reminiscent of cinnamon rolls and cinnamon bread, so if you enjoy these classic desserts, you’re sure to love cinnamon pie. It’s also a great make-ahead option to help free up your oven on Thanksgiving Day.

A Spicy Perspective has a straightforward recipe that’s worth trying.

Pecan Pie

Aside from pumpkin, pecan pie is about the second-most popular Thanksgiving dessert there is. Having said that, you may have never baked your own before. This simple recipe is great for first-time pie makers, especially if you use a store-bought crust. All you need is corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, pecans, and a deep-dish pie crust. Mix all the ingredients together, pour them into the crust, and bake! It’s as simple as that.

Get the full instructions from Cookies & Cups.

Cherry Pie

A sweet-yet-tart cherry pie could be the perfect finish to a traditional (or perhaps not-so-traditional) Thanksgiving meal. Sure, you could reach for a store-bought crust and can of pie filling for an easy dessert, but if you have the gumption to bake a pie from scratch, this is an excellent recipe to try.

Ingredients for the filling include fresh rainier and dark sweet cherries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla and almond extracts, butter, and eggs. You’ll definitely want a cherry pitter to make the process go smoothly. You can even be bold and make your own homemade pie crust. This mouth-watering dessert takes a few hours to prepare and bake, so be sure to make it ahead of time.

You can find the full instructions for this ambitious cherry pie from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Then, don’t forget Sally’s recipe for homemade pie crust.

Coconut Cream Pie

For a creamy, dreamy pie, try coconut cream! This classic dessert isn’t so common on Thanksgiving, but you can always start a new tradition. You have the flexibility to make the entire pie from scratch or buy a pre-made pie crust to skip this first step. Either way, the creamy filling of coconut milk, half-and-half, egg yolks, and other ingredients will have everyone going back for seconds!

Add a Pinch has the full recipe for you to try out.

Key Lime Pie

Whether you live in Florida or just want to bring a taste of the Keys to your Thanksgiving dinner, this pie will do the trick! Most key lime pies use a graham cracker crust, but this one is made with toasted almonds for a unique flavor. It also features a light and fluffy marshmallow topping that sets it apart from many other key lime pie recipes.

For all the instructions, visit Taste of Home.

If you’re excited about baking a Thanksgiving pie that breaks the mold, you might also be on the lookout for unique holiday side dishes. These ideas will change the way you think of green bean casserole, stuffing, and cranberry sauce!