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Incredible Christmas Light Shows

It seems like certain things to do with Christmas, like snow sculptures and Christmas Lights, must be outdone by last year’s attempt. When the effort to be bigger and better than last year is a success, I find myself wondering if it’s possible to go beyond that. Especially when it comes to Christmas lights synchronized to music. “How can that ever be topped?!” I ask myself as I watch Christmas lights shows from one season to another.

Despite what I may have believed about outdoor Christmas light displays having reached their peak, I am here to show you that bigger and better is in fact, still achievable. These are seriously some of the most intense Christmas light shows I have ever seen. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

The Johnson Family Light Show

I really liked how the Johnson family kept it classy with strong lines and used awesome synchronization with each song. I think it’s a nice balance of awesome without being overblown. This family competed in “The Great Christmas Light Fight” on ABC in 2014.

 

The Larsen Christmas Lights Show

The Larsen Christmas Lights Show is mind blowing. Each song is so different from the last with all the colors and patterns. It’s really fascinating to watch. This show won ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” in 2013.

 

Here is the Larsen Christmas Lights Show from up in the air. I like it better on the ground, but the different perspective is interesting.

 

I hope you have a chance to go see a synchronized Christmas lights show with your loved ones this season. May you be inspired to plan your outdoor Christmas lights design for next year. You can call us as early as August or September to schedule your Christmas light installation for the 2016 season. Let us help you by setting up the best Christmas lights display your neighborhood has ever seen.

Merry Christmas!

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The history of Christmas lights is a rather interesting one. This year, before you begin the battle to untangle your Christmas lights, take a moment to appreciate where this tradition started and how far we have come since then. It may change your attitude about this holiday hassle.

The Illuminating History of Christmas Lights

Before we had light-emitting diode (LED) Christmas lights, there were incandescent lights. Before electric stringed lights, our dedicated predecessors used wax candles to light their indoor Christmas trees. As you can imagine, a bunch of lit candle on a dead pine tree was a super dangerous practice. Thank goodness for the invention of electricity and the first string of mini lights.

Such an invention has helped to prevent many a Christmas tree from catching fire. In fact, that was such a real danger that insurance companies back then, refused to cover house fires caused by Christmas trees. The tradition of lighting the tree back around the turn of the century meant that someone had to stand nearby with buckets of water and sand, ready to dowse the tree at any moment. Because of this fire hazard, the tree would only be up for a couple of days before Christmas. Seems like a lot of trouble and risk to go through for a Christmas tradition that you can only enjoy for a few days.

The History Channel as a great video briefly explaining the history of Christmas lights. Take a look.


The first string of incandescent lights made available to the public were so expensive that people would rent out the lights rather than buy them. If one light went out on these short light strands, they all did. Fortunately, the strands were pretty short, so narrowing down the problem, I imagine, would have been faster.

Take a look at what 100-year-old Christmas lights looked like back-in-the-day.


The Very American History of Christmas Lights” is an interesting take on the tradition of Christmas tree lighting.

LED Christmas lights are brighter and more energy efficient, using one-tenth the energy required by incandescent bulbs, and last much longer than their incandescent predecessor. Although they are more expensive than incandescent lights, they will save you money and time in the long run.

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Five Star Holiday Décor is a full service company of holiday lighting specialists. Their expertise will have your home lit up and fabulous for the holiday season giving your home holiday style without the hassle. Click here for a free estimate.

Christmas Light Safety with Professional Installation

With Christmas just around the corner, everyone wants their house to stand out with exquisite Christmas lights. But, there are some safety concerns that you should consider before you try doing it yourself. If you want to make sure that your house is a sight to behold and not a fire hazard, consider hiring a professional to install your Christmas lights.

Christmas Light Safety with Professional Installation

Benefits of Professional Christmas Light Installation

Hire a professional installer who has all the right equipment and training to install your lights safely and effectively. It will save you time and possible complications in the future.

Christmas lighting specialists know the various kinds of lights and materials. They know what you need to install a mega amount of lights and avoid creating a hazard. They also know and how to install strings of lights to illuminate your house. They can do all this in the most beautiful and safe way possible. Getting a competent set of hands to light up your lovely home is important.

Our installation professionals deliver the kind of safe and durable light displays that will withstand winter weather. It is important to hire professional installers to ensure a safe installation. Qualified personnel will have the safety equipment and training to prevent accident and injury,. They know what kind of extension cords to use and how to avoid overloading a circuit to avoid creating a hazard.

It’s a good practice to schedule your Christmas light installation for October or early November. Call today to schedule your appointment with one of our own Christmas light professionals. Holiday lighting specialists get booked fast this time of year. The longer you wait the harder it will be to get an appointment. Secure your spot now by calling 855-578-2755 and make your Christmas lights display a beautiful gift to your community.

The primary benefits of utilizing our services are that we excel at the installation, removal, boxing, and storage of your colorful Christmas lights. And removal and storage are included in the cost of installation.

We can provide quality lighting services for homes, commercial buildings, subdivision entrances, retirement communities, etc.

If you are interested in our help with your lights, give us a call at 855-578-2755. We will be happy to help you!

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Amazing Christmas Light Show

This is quite possibly the most incredible Christmas light shows we have seen yet. The lights are synchronized to popular music from 2014. Granted, it’s not Christmas music, but that makes it all the more interesting to watch. Take a look and tell us what you think.

Here is the story about the display and the home owners that have made this display a tradition for the past few years. The home owners think of their Christmas light show as a gift to the community and collect donations, 100 percent of which are given to local charity organizations. Would you be more likely to decorate your home for the Christmas season if you thought of it as a gift to the community?

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Five Star Holiday Décor is a full service company of holiday lighting specialists. Their expertise will have your home lit up and fabulous for the holiday season giving your home holiday style without the hassle. Click here for a free estimate.

Schedule Your Outdoor Christmas Light Installation

As Christmas is approaching, I want to take a moment to give you a brief and friendly reminder to schedule your outdoor Christmas light installation appointment. The sooner you schedule the better. Christmas light installers are popular this time of year and have a limited amount of time in which to hang everyone’s Christmas lights before the holidays arrive. So call now to schedule before they are all booked up for the season.  

Time to Schedule Outdoor Christmas Light Installation

Most installers will install Christmas lights from October through November. A seasoned veteran in the realm of outdoor Christmas light displays knows that it’s best to schedule installation in August and September so they can get a time slot that works best for them.

If you are already a customer with Five Star Holiday Décor then you know that we have the lights for your house from last years display tucked safely away in storage waiting to be installed on your home the following Christmas season. This is great because it saves you money and storage space. The lights we use are dependable and safe. If there is ever a problem call us and we will come out and fix it.

After the holidays are over we come back to your home, take down your Christmas lights and carefully put them into storage for the next season. Saving and storing your Christmas lights helps the environment because we don’t believe in cutting the lights and throwing them away after one season’s use.

If you are new to Five Star Holiday Décor, give us a call and schedule your appointment now. Next, start thinking about what you want your outdoor Christmas light display to look like. What color lights will look best? Do you want lights in the trees or on the hedge? Are there any lawn ornaments that need to be factored into the design? With these in mind we will come to your house a give you a free assessment and develop a design that fits your budget and ideas.

 

Call us at 855-578-2755 now to schedule your appointment.

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Outdoor Christmas decorations fascinated me as a child, I thought they were so beautiful. I grew up in a rural area where the nearest neighbor was a ways down the road. When it got dark after Thanksgiving dinner, I would look out the window to see if I could spot any homes in the distance that had turned on their Christmas lights yet, just to make sure the rest of the world was in agreement that it was in fact Christmas time and I could effectively reason with my parents that it was time to put up the tree.

Architecture

When deciding how to decorate the exterior of your home with Christmas lights consider the design and architecture of your home. If you have a Victorian-style house with eves and gables then using lots of lights to emphasize those features will look great. If you have a home with a less detailed design, like a ranch-style house, then a more modest outdoor lighting display that draws attention the to the strong lines of the roof and porch will look fantastic on your home. You can really add emphasis to those strong lines with very uniform lights in a straight row along the roof line. Or maybe you prefer icicle lights for a less formal, more whimsical look.

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Well placed lights on a roof emphasize strong lines and looks sharp.

Sidewalks

Another idea to consider is whether or not you are going to line the sidewalks with lights. Lining the sidewalks creates a very classy look. Even under the snow. Walking up a lit path feels like a special occasion and what better occasion than Christmas time?

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Lining the sidewalk with lights is a great way to keep the house from looking like it’s floating.

 

Trees

If you have trees in your yard, do you want to put lights in them? How do you want them to look? Do you want them to have lights all up the trunk of the tree or do you want those lights to extend to the branches? Maybe you would rather have only the top area of a tree light up. There are a few different options just for trees alone.

Shrubs

If you have any shrubs determine if you are going to put net lights over them or would you rather have a canopy wrap done on your shrubs with mini lights which will create a less dense lighting look and has a less uniform appearance in the light distribution. Personally I love the look of a canopy wrap in shrubs and bushes.

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This is an example of net lights over shrubbery rather than a canopy wrap with mini lights.

Lawn Ornaments

There is a wide array of lawn ornament options to accent your outdoor Christmas decorations. Inflatable characters, lit wire sculptures, nativity scenes, large plastic candy canes, and lit cone shaped Christmas trees. My advice on lawn ornaments is, less is more, but that depends on the look you are going for. If you want a classy look for your exterior Christmas decorations, then a couple lit wire frame reindeer figurines will look wonderful with your beautifully lit home.

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Lit reindeer sculptures are a fun detail to add to an outdoor Christmas lights display.

Wreaths

A wreath is a basic of Christmas décor, if you do nothing else to decorate your home at lease get a wreath to put on the door. Wreaths are beautiful and easy to put up on your own and make your guests feel welcome. You can order live wreaths from this website and they will deliver them right to your door. You can then add personal touches like mini lights and a bow or bells if that pleases you.

Garland

Garland is a very classic daytime decoration and if you have mini lights wrapped in it then the decoration can be seen and appreciated at night too. Add some big red bows for color and hang them around your door and porch to make your home look even more festive. Hang them in scallops around the porch railing and banister using zip ties and place the bows over points where the garland peaks in the railing. Another option is to wrap the garland around the banister. Better Homes and Gardens has a great tutorial on how to hang garland, take a look and be inspired.

Less is More

Outdoor Christmas decoration designs take some thought, time and effort. Take a look at your home ahead of time and decide what look you want for you house this year. Remember, less is more. I you happen to have a lot of decorations that doesn’t mean you have to put all of them up this year. It’s ok to rotate Christmas decorations. Keep your neighbors guessing by making your home look sleek and classy one year and more like a ginger bread house the next.

By adding outdoor Christmas lights to the roof and lining sidewalks, decorating your vegetation and adding wreaths and garland, your home will look great this holiday season. For more ideas and tips on outdoor Christmas decorations Follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

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In lieu of our typical weekly post with grand ideas and beautiful pictures, we’ve decided to share something even more beautiful, dare I say “grander” than all! With Christmas just around the corner, we present to you our top three favorite Christmas light shows!

“A Christmas Rock Medley”

“Wizards in Winter”

Last, but not least, “Christmas Gangnam Style”

Tired of hanging up the same old Christmas decorations year after year? This holiday season, spice up those boring strands into one of these unusual deLIGHTS!

Bare bulbs are so last Christmas. Dress them up with Dixie Cups…

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Or tulle…

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Or throw on some of these plastic bows that you likely own in surplus…

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Or paper cupcake casings!

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If you’re fancy, consider springing for the tin casings and matching cookie cutters.

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You could always go outside and grab a few twigs…

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Or take a day off work to build this elaborate lighted twig chandelier.

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Did you ball up your twigs in frustration? Not to worry! Throw some lights on your twig spheres, and toss them in an outdoor birdbath!

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You can stuff Christmas lights into almost anything. Like Mason Jars…

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Wine bottles…

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Basically any odd-shaped glass container.

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Have an extra white canvas? Poke some lights through it, and VOILA – Christmas art!

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You can even craft a decorative curtain for your bed…

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Or your door!

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What about this fun zig-zaggedy Christmas tree for your wall?

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“Burned out” on these ideas? Make cute bows for your Christmas presents…

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Or fuller bows for home decor!

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Don’t overcomplicate things. At the very least, you can manage to twirl a few lights around your dog for a fun photo op (or comic relief).

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Enjoy your newly upcycled Christmas decor!


 

Frosty ice now covers the tips of once-green grass. Artificially crafted scents of pine needles and gingerbread fill the halls of indoor shopping centers. Fires have been ignited, mugs of hot cocoa made. Boots, ear muffs, chattering teeth and foggy breath: all heralding the arrival of our favorite season of all – winter!

Did the holidays sneak up on you again this year? Don’t you worry. Five Star Holiday Decor is just one phone call and a couple strings of lights away! We’ve been researching some of the best holiday lighting ideas around. Check out our favorite outdoor tree light displays.

1) Tried and True. For those of us who live in the more non-leafy parts of the country, covering trees from roots to tips is a common Christmas lighting technique.

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2) Leaf grief. Live in a more tropical climate? Don’t bother covering those leafy limbs in lights. How beautiful are these trees with their trunks wound in twinkling strands?

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3) We read palms. We’ve got you covered on the West Coast, too. Is there a tree more gorgeous than an illuminated palm?

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4) Christmas drippings. Here’s another method of covering your outdoor trees in lights. This technique uses strands of lights to create a glowing drapery effect.

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5) Patchwork. If you’re fortunate enough to have a natural fir growing in your yard, sporadic patches of web lighting are a random, yet modern way to give your lawn character.

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6) Pick up sticks. Don’t have trees growing in your yard? That’s okay! Make believe with a few twigs and strands of lights on your doorstep!

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7) Let it snow. A fun alternative to the traditional Christmas lighting, lights shaped like snowflakes, stars, etc. are a great way to add a little flare to your tree this season.

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8) Going in circles. Not satisfied with placing a few bundles of twigs by your door? Build your own tree with these whimsical circle lights!

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9) Having a ball. Keeping with the circular theme, these fun holiday colored lights are the perfect addition to your outdoor lighting project.

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10) By candlelight. Done with Christmas lights all together? Here’s an innovative way to light up your lawn, but be careful not to set your yard ablaze. Maybe you should try out artificial candles just to be safe.

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11) Ornamental. Is your outdoor tree left wanting a little more after you’ve wrapped it in a dozen strands? Give it a few large lit ornaments to give it that extra touch you’ve been looking for.

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12) Oh, Christmas Tree. If you’ve got the tree (and the spirit) to go all out, why not create a larger-than-life Christmas tree in your front yard? Your’e sure to be a hit around the neighborhood after this one!

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How can we help you light up your Christmas this year?

Here at Five Star Holiday Decor, we know what light can do to set the mood and tone for your space. We especially encourage the use of lighting for your holiday displays. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we thought we’d share a few ideas we found that are sure to brighten up your dinner table this year:

1) Candles and Greenery: This display of white candles garnished with natural elements (pine branches, Oranges and pinecones) creates a simple table setting with an element of delicate contrast.

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2) Tree Lanterns: If you live in an area where it’s warm enough to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner outside, these lanterns interspersed in the limbs of a sprawling tree create a fun, yet beautiful environment for your family feast.

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3) Votives in a Mason Jar: Votive candles placed in Mason Jars are a popular way to create a beautiful runner of elegant lighting for your Thanksgiving table this year.

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4) Message in a Bottle: If you want to enhance the Mason Jar idea and get even more creative, table candles in long-neck bottles are a unique variation of the illuminated jar concept.

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5) Under Glow: Running low on table surface area? You can still bring illuminate your table by simply running Christmas lights underneath the table cloth and placing small candles between each place setting.

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6) Halloween Leftovers: Unsure how to use those small pumpkins leftover from your Halloween decorations? Use them along with other fall decor (leaves, berries, twigs, etc.) and add candles to create a lovely light display for the center of your table.

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7) Frosted Pumpkins: If the above suggestion proved just too simple, feel free to frost the small pumpkins with glitter, empty out their insides and add a candle to the centers for a more complicated, yet equally as beautiful centerpiece.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Five Star Holiday Decor!