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Various Ways to Use Christmas Lights in Your Home

Christmas is never complete without Christmas trees, ornaments, wreaths, Santa, stockings, and Christmas lights. Traditionally, Christmas lights come in white and are used primarily to brighten up Christmas trees inside the house. These days, however, you can find Christmas lights in all sorts of colors, shapes, and designs.

When you are shopping for Christmas lights, there are several things you have to consider in order to make the right choice. For instance, if you are buying lights to wrap around your tree, you have to decide whether you want the traditional white ones or the more whimsical multi-colored blinking lights. Usually, the color choice in Christmas lights for the tree depends on the theme you have going for the rest of the house. If you are decorating your house around a color theme, you may want to buy Christmas lights of the same color. However, it is interesting to note that many people still go for the plain white lights because they are quite elegant and work well with whatever ornaments are hung on the tree.

You will also have to decide on the shape of the individual light bulbs. Years ago, there were not that many choices for bulb shapes but today you can find dozens of different designs, ranging from the very simple round or oval shape to more complex designs like snowflakes, hearts, and so on. And although Christmas lights are mainly used around Christmas trees, they are quite versatile and can be used in many different ways around the house. In fact, the use of Christmas lights is no longer restricted to the interior of the house.

There are many different kinds of outdoor lights you can now use in the garden or on the home's exterior. The most common kind of outdoor Christmas lights today is called the icicle lights, so-called because they resemble sparkling icicles. They are usually hung under the eaves of the roof and along other projections on the façade of the home. Curtain lights are also commonly used along the exterior walls of the house. Another way of using Christmas lights outside the home is to wrap them around tree trunks or hang them amongst the leaves and branches. For this purpose, both the white and multi-colored lights will work beautifully, and you should base your decision on your personal preference.

As for the inside of the house, the Christmas tree is not the only thing you can decorate with lights. Many people also like to intertwine Christmas lights with their garlands, particularly those that are put up along stairways or on the mantle of the fireplace. You can also put up some lights in the different rooms of the house. Children in particular love having colorful blinking lights in their bedroom. If you do decide to hang some lights in your child's room, however, make sure the lights and the electrical wiring are out of their reach.

There are so many ways you can decorate your home using Christmas lights. As long as you take the necessary safety precautions, there is practically no limit but your imagination as to how you can use these lights to beautify your home for Christmas.