We have a large cedar tree by the front deck which my hubby keeps trimmed nicely and we have been putting coloured lights on it for years. Two years ago we switched to coloured LED lights. Home Depot had a light trade-in day and you got the new ones for a couple dollars off I believe.
This was Dec. 2008 - a snowy Christmas. I can't find a picture from last year.
This year I have a park bench instead of the cedar one and the trees on the right
are on the back deck. I also decided not to put garland and lights around the doorway this year.
I know this photo is dark but if you look closely you can see the snow shovel
at the ready by the front door. You can also almost see the dark spot about
a foot long on the screen door where our precious dog, Marshall, likes
to knock when he wants in. Not nice. When he's gone for good
we'll fix it, but not before, as we have tried and he still does it!!
I'm not too crazy on the colour of the LED lights though. They are so glaring and not really Christmassy to me as the old lightbulbs were. I also bought white or clear strings to decorate with but they too are 'bright white' and not warm white. I see in the flyers there are 'new' 'old fashioned colour' lights this year. Too late. I'm not buying any more. These will have to do and seeing as they are energy efficient and unbreakable they'll probably last forever!
Since we installed the new living room window this spring it will look different again, so I'll have to take new pictures when we get some snow.
Not this kind of snow!!!
Blizzard Feb. 2009 My hubby scooping snow and wishing
that big dozer would do it for him!
We don't want that kind of snow for a long time!
I also cut pine, cedar, fir and dogwood (I had to go in the ditch across the road for the latter) and filled my milk can and one flower planter. The flower planter is sitting on the bench and there are lights all through it and around the bench too.
I always buy a real fir wreath for the front door but that will have to wait until a bit later. For now I have a plain grapevine wreath with green ribbon hanging there.
The front door wreath last Christmas.
So, I've started something. I may start 'tweaking' the china cabinet. That's usually the first thing I work on. Just adding winter touches for now. Do you do that? Just keep adding things as the days and weeks go by until it's just right? I think I have way too many decorations, even though I got rid of a lot this past year. And, I certainly don't need to buy anything new! Well, we'll see.
Have a great day!