I decided I would put up my outdoor Christmas decorations. As much as I love Christmas, I have always been lacking in the outdoor decoration part. It's partly because those items are so expensive and also they are a pain to put up.
Last year, I bought a bunch of stuff half price after Christmas. This would be the first year we would have a wonderful outdoor light display!
The first thing I did was rake up all the leaves. I've never raked leaves at our house before. Paul and I prefer to use the deterioration method... You know, where you just wait for the leaves to deteriorate or get covered up with snow. But we were grown ups this year, and after I had them all raked, Paul helped me put them in trash cans.
Then we made a game plan for where we would put all of the lights. We almost drew a map of the yard but we were able to talk it out without getting too anal about it. Then we got to work.
The most time consuming item was the icicle lights. Somehow, we worked together and hung them up without fighting.
All in all, it took about 3 hours to rake the leaves, put up all the lights, and figure out which power surges went where so that not only could everything get plugged in, but we when it was time to turn everything on, we only had to plug in ONE cord. GO PAUL!!!!!
Around 6:00, it was dark enough to go out and turn everything on. We were surprised to see that the icicle lights actually were blinking! It was a little gaudy, but hey, when you have blow up decorations in your yard, I think gaudy is the theme!
The lights lining the front were solar powered and they didn't turn on right it away. It turns out we had to remove a little slip of paper out of each one and then they worked. To our surprise they were colored lights and they blinked!
Do you put up outdoor lights?
What's the absolute earliest you would do it?
Be honest, would you be mad if your neighbors had lights up already?