I don't like Christmas to go on and on. I like it to be short and sweet, so I don't put up a tree until about the 15th of the month. I used to put up outdoor lights, and had a gorgeous display using swags of blue and green lights in our trees out front, with balls of solid red (I literally took a string of red lights and made them into a ball, like a rubber band ball), hanging from each swag. It was really unique, but took a ton of work trying to make sure I did not overload any one circuit by putting too many strings end to end.
Now, folks have all kinds of lighted decorations, so mine are no longer much to even take a second look at. SO, I stopped putting them up. Too much work, and I am shrinking Christmas every year as my kids get closer to independence.
These photos are from years past: dump 049.jpg dump 058.jpg IMG_2503.jpg IMG_2482.jpg