Shed Light on the Holiday Season

The ghouls have gone, the turkey has been sliced and you’re turning to the Internet to celebrate Cyber Monday. The holiday season must be upon us. And what could be better to get you into the holiday spirit than all of the razzle and dazzle of holiday lights? Whether you’re getting into the competitive spirit or out on the town to look at light displays, the sparkle is sure to take you from being a scrooge to putting you in the holiday mood.

Compete with the Best
There are many different levels of commitment to holiday lighting—from the house with a simple strand on the eaves to the neighbor that takes decorating more seriously than his actual job. But if you want to compete with the best, there is only one secret to winning over your neighborhood: creativity. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to be creative. Buy a few lights and make other decorations for your lawn using household items. By adding on a few additional items each year, you’ll be able to have a spectacular display after a few years, and you’ll save this year’s holiday budget.

Where to Look
No matter where you call home this holiday season, the heart of a town or city is a sure sign of holiday spirit. Across the country, main streets and downtown areas light up their streets during the holiday season. Bundle up and head out to your downtown area to walk around and soak up the atmosphere. There are tons of people out and about, and many get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. Slow down your schedule and gather your loved ones to gaze upon the awesome display of holiday lights that only come for a short time each year.

You Be the Judge
To make your family outing more interesting, develop a rating system for holiday displays. Make score cards for numbers one through ten, and have your family reveal their scores at the same time. Then you can try to sway your family members to side with your decision. That way if your family is more competitive, you’re more active than just looking at displays and you can keep younger family members engaged in your activities.