Do you have friends or family visiting over the upcoming holidays? I always like to come up with some activities to help keep everyone busy and happy. I did a post before Thanksgiving that included things to do in the Philadelphia area including holiday shopping, etc. that are ongoing now, click here to see that article. To help you create your activity calendar, I’ve summarized options that you can plan:
As we step into December, it’s time to decorate the outside of our homes for the upcoming holiday. When I was young, we had a family tradition that my mother created, who was fun, and an out-of-the-box decorator. Each Christmas there was a life-sized Santa on a candy cane painted ladder crawling in the window of our second story home. On the roof, there was an elf hanging over the ledge (yes, my father would go up on the roof to hang) with spotlights. It was the highlight of our outdoor decor, and I remember people driving and walking by to take a look. I would encourage you to have fun with your outdoor holiday decorating, and do the unexpected! Do something unique that your family would enjoy and create a new tradition that everyone will remember!
Welcome to the beautiful month of December! I love this time of year with all of the festivities, decorations, and lights. As we approach the Christmas season and all of the decorating involved with the holiday, I wanted to devote a post on safety. Here are seven safety tips to help you:
Safety Tips to help you this holiday season:
- If you plan to pick a real cut tree, be sure to pick one that looks fresh with green bristles not dried out and brown ones. Place your tree away from any electrical outlet. Before, setting up your tree, cut off a couple of inches off the trunk and place the tree in a sturdy stand that holds water and keep the stand filled with water so the tree does not dry out quickly. If you are looking for a self-watering option, click here for a video on one you can set up.
- If you plan to use an artificial tree, be sure it is labelled “fire resistant.”
- Only use lights outdoors that are rated for outdoor use.
- When using a ladder, be sure it is on level cleared ground and have a support buddy that can assist you.
- Inspect all strands of lights for exposed wiring and replace any damaged lighting. To reduce electricity requirement consider using low-wattage LED lights.
- Plug your lights into a surge-protected power strip. Also, use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord.
- Lastly, you know I have a dog that I adore and want to keep safe through the holidays, in that spirit I found some great information on the Pet MD website that reviews dangerous winter holiday plants and misconceptions, please click here to review that information, you may be surprised!
I hope you have found this information helpful, and I look forward to discussing holiday decorating in my upcoming posts. If you need help this holiday season with a room redesign to get your house ready, please call 610.955.8202 to set up an appointment! Have some fun and stay safe!
By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and Google+.