The “Christmas Surprise” You Don’t Want – How to Plan for the Inevitable Empty Store Shelves

Here’s a Christmas Surprise you probably don’t want. Do you find yourself scrambling at the last minute during the Christmas rush? Have you felt the disappointment of getting to the store only to find what you needed has been sold out and there won’t be more coming in? If you’re like most people, this is an all too familiar scenario. However, in this article we’ll go over a few simple tips to help you avoid being left out in the cold.

Plan Your Design Now: If you do the same display every year and don’t want to make any changes, you may skip this and move on. On the other hand, you may consider adding new decorations. If this is the case, you should figure out what additional items you’ll need. Take measurements and write them in a notebook. Make notes such as the distance between the display and electrical outlets, lengths of roof lines, etc.

Use Your Notes to Calculate How Many Accessories You’ll Need: The first thing to run out and the last thing people purchase are accessories. Things like light clips, multi plugs, extension cords, and zip ties become increasingly rare the closer Christmas gets. Using your notes, figure out how much of each accessory you’ll need and over buy slightly. For normal light strands, you’ll want one clip every two feet. For C9 lights, you’ll need one clip for every bulb. Take the measured distance from the end of your lights and decorations to electrical outlets and calculate how many extension cords you’ll need. Obviously, the lengths of the extension cords will dictate how many you need. Most common lengths are 30 ft and 50 ft. Add an extra cord to use from the ground up to the roof line. Also add an extra cord or two for insurance. Once you arrived at how many strands and extension cords you’ll need, you can estimate how many multi plugs will be necessary.

Buy Now: As of this writing, it’s early. However, don’t become complacent. As soon as the Christmas items hit the shelves, you should be putting them in a basket and getting in line. Play it safe and get extra. Remember, you can always take items back or use them in the future.

In conclusion, the “Christmas Surprise” of empty shelves is no surprise at all. Stores are always going to sell out. It’s coming, so be prepared. By following these simple tips, you’ll avoid the disappointment of empty shelves. Make this Christmas all you hope for.

Christmas Lights Are a State of Mind

In recent posts, we’ve covered how to deal with Holiday stress. In particular, we deal a lot with how to alleviate potential problems associated with installing Christmas lights. We thought it might be good to change the tone a little and show you how Christmas Lights are a “State of Mind”.

No doubt, you have seen Tropical Beach wallpapers on computer screens. Most often, there are tropical themed items such as a palm tree paper weight on the desk where that computer sits. The idea behind this is the “Tropical State of Mind” where life is easier and far less complicated, even if only for a moment during the day. The same can be said for Christmas lights.

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Christmas Lights Are a State of Mind.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, time spent with family and friends, and a point of reflection all wrapped into one Holiday. We often lose focus with the hustle and bustle of the season. Our spirit is dampened by the additional chores added to our daily lives during this hectic time. However, it doesn’t have to be like this. With just a little shift in your thinking, Christmas can be a joyous time – even with something as simple as Christmas Lights.

If you live in a neighborhood which participates in going all out for the season, you’re halfway there. The sense of community during this time of year is unequaled. Neighbors speak more to each other than usual. Differences are forgotten for a while. People go out of their way to reach out to others. And in an almost magical way, Christmas Lights are at the core of this amazing transformation.

At no other time does exterior lighting manifest such a sense of belonging to something greater. The term “synergy” is defined as the product being greater than the sum of its parts. When the majority of homes in a neighborhood are decorated for Christmas, residents and passersby are the benefactors.

When we were involved in installations, it always amazed us at how many elderly people were hiring us. People whose children and grandchildren lived great distances away and would see their family for a couple of days found Christmas Lights important. Perhaps the look on the faces of grandchildren was what made it worth their efforts.

Why do we light up our neighborhoods? Is it a “go along with the crowd” thing? If so, then the rewards will never live up to the time and energy spent. However, if we frame things differently, the rewards are endless.

Decorating for Christmas is your peace offering to the world. We extend goodwill to those around us and to those who are simply passing through. Surely at some point, you have driven out of your way to pass a home with decorations you found interesting. You may have even snapped a few pictures so you would have a memory. Those home owners made a small deposit into your life. When you decorate the outside of your home, you are doing the same for others. For a brief moment in time, you have caused someone to slow down and enjoy life. You have created a memory for them. You have offered a gift with one simple gesture. You have become a giver.

Take this opportunity to think about the upcoming Holiday. Think of how something as simple as installing Christmas Lights will lift your spirits. Contact one or more of the installation professionals listed on this site and let them help you go all out. This is a time for celebration and giving. The more you participate, the more you’ll want to do. And always remember, Christmas Lights are a state of mind.

Christmas Lights Stressing You Out? These Simple Tips Make It Easy and Painless

While Christmas is a time to celebrate and spend with family and loved ones, it

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Make your home’s exterior Christmas Lights Display stand out by hiring one of our Top Rated Professional Installers.

brings with it a lot of stress. Sending out cards, budgeting for gifts, planning events, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. In the midst of all of these tasks is installing Christmas Lights. This article will help you prioritize things, get you on track, and make life easier.

Make a List Now: If you are following the posts on this website, you’ll notice that the word “now” is used frequently. Things that are put off typically get less attention than they deserve. By making a list right now, you will be able to see into the future – to a degree. You will have the ability to create a schedule and portion your time out accordingly. For Christmas Lights Installation, your list should include such things as:

  • Taking Stock of What You Already Have in the Way of Lights and Decorations
  • Purchasing Light Strands and Decorations
  • Creating a Rough Design for Exterior Lighting
  • Reviewing Potential Installers – find them right here on the website

Work from your list and try to accomplish something daily. In doing so, you will avoid having to jump through hoops to get everything done at the last minute.

Create a Schedule: This is the perfect accompaniment to the list you have created. Keep expectations realistic and understand that some things will take longer than others. Also consider how each item on your schedule will affect the others. For example, you will want to do some landscaping before your installers arrive such as trimming bushes, trees, and shrubbery. However, you’ll want to do things like mulching and planting after the installers are finished and not putting ladders in your beds. Another example would be to take stock of your current lighting before purchasing new lights unnecessarily. With busy schedules and lives, it’s easy to get off track. These common sense tips will help you stay focused.

Set Aside Time for Contact with Installers: While most installation jobs go smoothly, there are times when communications break down. Making time to converse with potential installers will help eliminate future problems. Installers want to give you what you will be asking of them. Their livelihoods depend on your satisfaction with the job they do. You are spending hard earned money to achieve a desired result. Give installers and yourself the time and attention you both deserve. It’s win/win.

Prioritize: Perhaps the most difficult thing to do is deciding priorities. If a stellar exterior Christmas Light Design is a top priority for you, put it at or near the top of your list. Beneath it, you can list all the things which will need done to achieve your goal. Again, a little time spent daily will keep things from drifting out of your reach.

Make It Enjoyable: While this is easier said than done, it is possible. Keep in mind the reason you’re making such a fuss over decorating. If you have kids, involve them in the process. Let unimportant things go and don’t micromanage everything. Some people like to schedule their Holiday baking on the same day as having their Christmas Lights Installed. They will put on some seasonal music and things get quite festive. The end result is that everyone is in the Christmas Spirit and there is a positive vibe all day long.

Life is short. We should never waste it with things that don’t matter. Christmas is a very special time of the year when things should slow down just a little. Appreciate your family and friends. Keep focused on the good things and avoid negativity. When you’ve grown weary of Christmas music blaring over the sound systems of retailers, just remember that it will be over soon enough. Enjoy the little things because they will end up being big things in the end. Above all, stay positive and you’ll positively affect others.

Christmas Time Is Coming…Are You Ready?

At this writing, Christmas is a mere 3 months away. At home improvement stores, Halloween decorations are lining the shelves and Christmas items are waiting to be stocked. You can rest assured, November 1st will be the beginning of the season for retailers. So, are you ready? If not, here are a few tips to get you started.

Start Looking Now: Get an idea of what outdoor lighting design you’re looking for by doing a Google image search. By getting started now, you’ll have a better chance of finding the lights you want.

Put Together a Budget Ahead of Time: Start getting prices on lights, decorations, and accessories. Take measurements of the areas your home where you want lights installed and figure the quantities you’ll need to accomplish the job. If financial resources are limited, start putting money aside now for hiring a contractor.

Put Decorating on Your Schedule: We often think of decorating for Christmas as something we’ll “get around to”. With busy Holidays coming, you may not have as much leisure time as you think. It’s best to have specific times to put up decorations and take them down. At our house, my wife runs a tight ship with decorating. October 1st is Halloween season. November 1st, Halloween comes down and Thanksgiving goes up. And finally, the day after Thanksgiving is when those decorations come down and Christmas goes up. Believe it or not, December 26th – without fail – Christmas comes down. It all goes like clock work. Put decorating on a schedule and stick with it.

Schedule Appointments with Installers Now: You would not believe how busy Christmas light installers become practically overnight. Once their phones start ringing, they won’t stop until about the first week of December. As incredible as it sounds, some people can’t get installers until then. Remember, scheduling is a “first come, first served” basis. Get ahead of the crowd and schedule an appointment now!

Christmas is a time of celebration and family. Hiring professional installers will help keep things in perspective. Use these tips to help you make the most of the coming Holiday Season!