Guide to Hanging Outdoor Christmas LightsMen, this is the year you are going to go all out with the lights. The last few years have been a disappointment but this year you're going to put your whole heart and soul into decorating the outside of your house. Yes, that means you need to find one of those great big air powered snow men to put on your front yard for the whole world to see [just how insane you are].
Start with the basicsHere's a little checklist for ya.
- Trim the hedges. Don't cut your fingers off, like I did. You want those lights to shine for a million miles and they're not going to get very far if you've got a big nasty shrub blocking the view!
- Get rid of the leaves already! You don't want to make Frosty stand on a dirty, crunchy, and eventually soggy lawn, now do you? No. Rake, blow, or recycle those leaves or there will be heck to pay! Do it, and do it now! Poor Frosty.
- Clean the Windows. You heard me.
- Clean the rain gutters. While you're up there, you might as well make yourself useful and get rid of all the nasty gunk in your gutters. It's really not that hard. It's not worth paying someone else to do it either, so Cowboy-Up! Or, if you have a son, make him do it. Cleaning out rain gutters builds character.
What You Will Need
- Outdoor Extension Cords. Not to be confused with indoor extension cords.
- Timer. One of these days I am going to design a sprinkler control device that controls your water sprinklers during the spring, summer, and fall AND your Christmas lights during the winter. It will be revolutionary. So watch for that. It will probably be holographic and will be able to dispense Hot Cocoa and presents on command.
But for now, you will want to get yourself one of those cheap little timers. You can find them at Wal Mart.
- Sturdy Ladder. Or I guess a step stool would work.
- Maybe some of those clips that clip onto your rain gutters that make for an easy Christmas Light Hanging Experience! :) [thumbs up!]