At PartyLights, we think that lighting is a great decorative addition year round. We love string lights for a party on a patio in the summer, or in a rustic barn for a fall celebration; we love vintage bulbs in a cafe, or fairy lights decorating a dorm room year round. Of course, there’s one time of year that we especially like, when everyone seems most eager to put up lights throughout their home or business, both indoors and outside: the Christmas and holiday season.
Special lighting for the holidays has long been a part of the culture; going back to the 17th century, people first started adorning Christmas trees with candles, while the traditional Hanukkah menorah with its nine candles dates back millennia. Over the course of the 20th century, lit candles on trees evolved to include special lighting indoors and out: electric lights on mantles, hung across rooflines and dormers, through trees and bushes in yards, and adorning stairways in homes and businesses.
With the holidays rapidly approaching, here are some ideas — both conventional and not — on using lights to spruce things up for the holidays.
Mini Lights … Inside and Out
Perhaps the obvious place to start with holiday lighting is with mini lights. These traditional small bulbs come in strings ranging from white to a full array of colors. Their small size and traditional look make them the perfect choice for a variety of uses. And although they’re small, they provide a lot of illumination!
Using mini lights on your Christmas tree is a recommended “old standby,” but mIni lights also look great when combined with garland. Intertwine the lights with the garland by wrapping the lights around the garland strand and then use them to decorate stairways, creating loops along the stair that are periodically fastened with lightweight wire. Homes with open designs and lights with garland exposed all the way to the second floor make a great statement!