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Outdoor decorating for the holidays can be a fun experience for the whole family and add color and charm to your home for the Christmas season. While bright lights and holiday displays are an important part of any holiday décor, you can adorn your home and landscape with other items that don't run up your utility bill. With a little careful planning and creativity, decorating your home's exterior for Christmas doesn't have to be a competitive or expensive project.
Attach a large wreath, garland, evergreen or brightly colored bow to your front door, and add a small Christmas ornament in the center. Highlight the display by adding some string lights, or shine a spotlight on the wreath.
Display poinsettias or potted winter plants on your windowsills. For a natural look, use pine boughs or pine cones as a base, and mix in seasonal produce (e.g., corn, pumpkins, gourds).
Hang some grapevine wreaths of different sizes on the walls of your porch, and then add some seasonal plants, such as holly, mistletoe and Christmas cactus. Make your own Christmas stars from twigs, cover them with string lights and hang them from the porch banisters or ceiling. Tie red ribbons around a lattice basket, and fill it with evergreen boughs. If you have a red sled, decorate it with greenery, and prop it up against your porch. A pair of ice skates next to the sled enhances the holiday theme.
You can add lights and bows to your lampposts, and string white or multicolored lights around them. For a traditional look, tie a pine garland or wreath around the lamppost, securing it at both ends with a wire. You can also use red and white ribbons to create candy canes, and then wrap the ribbons around your lampposts.
Consider decorating your yard's trees with string lights and small plastic ornaments that don't weigh down the branches.
Consider filling your birdbath with greenery, pine boughs, pine cones and twigs for a fashionable wintery display. Add some miniature lights for a bright nighttime look.
Christmas stepping stones add holiday cheer to any porch or walkway. Most come with holiday designs, like a Santa or snowflakes. Likewise, many birdhouses come with Christmas designs during the holidays. You can also purchase or make Christmas planters to replace your old flower pots. String some long plastic garlands along the top sides of your fence, and add red Christmas bows and string lights. Use ornament hooks to attach your favorite Christmas ornaments onto your fence.
Nativity scenes, inflatable Santas, reindeers, snowmen and other Christmas characters are popular holiday yard displays. For a more dramatic look, use an outdoor floodlight or spotlight to illuminate the displays.