I spent all day yesterday decorating the farmhouse outside for Christmas. It has become a tradition of mine. One or two days after Halloween I put everything outside up, the weather is usually quite nice, (glad I did it yesterday, it is raining today) so I got smart some years ago after freezing near the end of November.
I love the look of houses lit for Christmas. Living in the country where there are houses spread out I always wanted to really deck the halls so people could see us when they drove down the road. Only one other neighbour puts out lights, they decorate their pine tree. Every year I have added more lights. Last year for the first time I noticed the neighbours had put lights on their porch, perhaps I am a good influence.
I have scaled it back a bit. I used to decorate everything, well, maybe not the animals but everything else had bows or boughs or onaments attached.
Now I have reached a happy medium. Not quite as many lights that would attract planes but a few more than the cabin.
Next year I am going to put lights under the eaves of my hippie house, I may do it this year if hubby agrees to help. I love the look of this little house all light up, so cute. I may even put some boughs and bows on it....hmmmmmm.
This weekend I am starting the inside. It usually takes me a few days although I did say I was not putting so much up this Christmas. The new baby is coming on November 22 so we will have Christmas at our sons this year. I am still doing a family Christmas on December 15th. and our annual Christmas party is on the 30th. of November so perhaps I will go all out. We'll have to see after I open the "Christmas Cupboard" I swear it grows on it's own over the summer. Stay tuned!