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Decorating Your Lawn for Christmas

Updated on November 9, 2018
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During Christmas, many homeowners choose to decorate their lawns. While decorating the interior of the house can already bring some holiday atmosphere, adorning the outside of the home can do wonders as well. Bright lights on trees and bushes are a stunning sight at night, and colorful figurines in the garden bring fun to kids and grownups.

If you are interested in decorating your front yard or backyard for Christmas, you may want to consider some important factors. These factors may help you decide if you really should extend the decorations to your lawn or just keep them all inside the house. Here are some things to consider:

Types of Decoration

This may be the most important thing to consider if you’re planning to decorate your lawn. Many people adorn their lawns with different types of decors. Christmas lights are very common. You can place them on bushes and trees. Some homeowners set up a nativity scene while some simply choose to place a Santa yardstick or inflatable Santa dolls. In the earliest stage of your decorating plans, it would be best to determine what type of decorations you plan to put up.

Your Neighbors

While you have the right to decorate your home and even your front yard, you may want to take your neighbors into consideration too. If you live in a suburb with wide spaces between houses, then it may seem alright to extend your decorations to your lawn. It is safe to assume that no neighbor will have to cross your lawn anytime. However, if you live in a densely populated community, there is a good chance that putting up bright lights in front of your home may bother your neighbor across. You will not want to set up a shining Christmas lawn display that will have your neighbors up all night because the bright lights are bothering them. Before you start decorating your lawn, speak to your neighbors first and tell them about your plans. They may even appreciate this gesture.

Local Area Regulations

Some communities, towns, cities, or counties may have regulations on putting up holiday decorations in front of houses. While your own neighborhood may not have any restrictions at all, it is best to find out if the area you live in has rules about decorating during the holidays.

Your Budget

As with any other decorating plan, the budget is always something to consider. If you are decorating for Christmas on a budget, you may want to buy used decorations or items from dollar stores. You may also want to compute for the cost of using Christmas lights every day until the season is over. If you’re going for larger Christmas displays, be ready to spend quite a bit more money for them. Santa and reindeer sets make a beautiful lawn scene, as well as nativity sets.

When decorating your lawn, you will find that there are advantages and disadvantages. Keep the abovementioned points in mind so you will come up with better decisions. Doing so will help you decide whether or not it is a good idea to decorate the outside of your home for Christmas.

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