Have an outdoor snowman without the snow
There are few Christmas wishes more simple and pure than a request for a white Christmas – a Winter Wonderland, if you will. Christmas is portrayed as a time of fresh powder, cancelled school days, icicled roofs, and snowmen, but in reality, this cannot always be the case. We all celebrate Christmas at the same time, but it doesn’t snow everywhere during Christmastime. In fact, it doesn’t snow everywhere, period. While this means that you can’t have a truly white Christmas, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a snowman. Instead of letting the weather shape decide the winter you are going to have, you can make a winter wonderland of your own.
Most households are satisfied with just decorating the interior of the home; when they place the star or angel atop the tree, there work for the season is done. The Christmas cheer may begin with the tree in your home, but there is no need for it to end with a wreath at your doorstep. There is so much more you can do make your home shine bright this holiday, though! No doubt, you’ve seen houses dressed up with hanging Christmas lights and winter landscapes recreated on their lawns and doorsteps. It takes a little bit of work, but the knowledge that your shimmering home warms the hearts of your family and every single car that drives by is well worth the effort.
If you have never before set up decorations outside of your home for Christmas, it might be a good idea to start with the basics. Some of the staples of outdoor Christmas decorations are snowmen, jolly old Saint Nick, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer along with his fellow flying reindeer, and of course Santa’s toy-making helpers. This is already quite a bit to choose from, especially since you only have so much time and so much space for decorations about your home. A great way to make the most of your real estate is to use lights. A lighted outdoor snowman will catch more attention than a standard outdoor snowman, and he has the additional benefit of being visible in the nighttime. While an artificial snowman may not have the appeal of the real McCoy, setting up any member of the gallery of Christmas-themed characters is a surefire way to get your neighborhood excited for the holidays.
Of course, you are not confined to decorating your home in any specific way. Some folks will display the Christian nativity scene, while others will set up elaborate animated light shows to music. Feel free to be creative when deciding what kinds of outdoor decorations you want to set up around your house. Decorating is a great project for the entire household. See which members of your family are up for the challenge of braving the sleet and the ice in order to make your corner of the world shine a little bit brighter this holiday season.
Written by Asher Briggs