Dazzling Outdoor Décor for the Season

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Whether you’re on a decorating frenzy or just looking to add a few festive touches to your home, there are a variety of ways to make your outdoor décor rise above the rest. Here are a few of our favorite home and yard decorations that’ll help make your yard’s holiday display stand out.

Wreaths: Hanging a seasonal wreath on your door or windows is a wonderful way to put your own personal stamp on the holiday. Use tree trimmings, berries, fresh flowers (like poinsettias) or pinecones to make a unique wreath, or pick one up from the store and customize it by adding a strand of lights or bow to it.

Inflatable Decorations: From giant snow globes to full-scale Christmas scenes, an inflatable holiday decoration is a surefire way to make a statement. Consider adding a few spotlights to either side of your blow-up decoration to make it really pop from the road -- just make sure you don’t overload any extension cords to avoid a fire hazard.

Pathway Lights: Light the way to your door and welcome guests in from the cold with a few festive lighted trees or holiday treats along your pathway. If you already have a set of pathway lights or tall outdoor lamps, consider wrapping a strand of lights around them or adding a wreath for extra flair.

Window Candles: Send a message of peace and welcome loved ones home by placing electric candles in the windows of your home. This traditional practice dates back to colonial America and has an even longer history in Europe, particularly in Ireland. In addition to looking beautiful from the outside, window candles can also be used as a religious symbol throughout the holiday season.

Energy-saving Lights: If you’re hoping to deck the halls without putting a major dent in your energy bill, consider using LED Christmas lights for your outdoor display. You’ll be able to put on a show for friends and family while using up to 80 percent less energy than with traditional Christmas lights. LED lights can also last up to 10 times longer than conventional lighting. Cut your bill down even further by placing outdoor lights on a timer that will allow them to automatically turn on and off at certain times of day or night -- aim to have them on for about six hours a day during the evening to make the most impact to passersby.

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