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Rate My Space user jayslights puts on a yearly show with a computerized light display.

I know, I know – it’s only September. But think about it this way: if you take advantage of the warm weather now to put up your main lights (don’t pull out that life-sized, electronic Rudolph just yet), you won’t have to worry about standing out in the cold come November. Just take a day or a weekend to set them up, then leave them off until you’re ready to take out the rest of your decorations.

And what’s holiday prep without your little helpers? Let your kids help decorate low areas, like porch banisters or shrubs, to get them excited for the upcoming holiday season. It may look and feel silly now, but you’ll thank yourself later when your neighbors are out in the freezing cold trying to put up their entire light display and you’re inside enjoying a nice cup of hot cocoa!

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15 Responses

  1. Guest says:

    I imagine the writer of this post doesn't live in a typical subdivision with typical deed restrictions limiting the time frame for Christmas Lights to be allowed on a property.

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  3. Grace says:

    Christmas Lights in September???

    What a Hair Brained Idea….

    Might as well leave them up all year!!!

  4. Josh says:

    this makes me so excited for Christmas!

  5. pixelecho69 says:

    Awesome thanks so much for the great idea.

  6. raj says:

    I think this is a great idea. Have actually already pulled my decorations down from the attic and started going over things I will need for when I put things up. Can never prepare too much or too early for Christmas.

  7. Joanna says:

    Great idea.

  8. net curtains says:

    I wonder how much they pay for electric bill. :)

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Jessica YonkerJessica Yonker is a writer for HGTV.com and a professional glitter handler in training. She loves decorating her friends' homes without their permission and practicing for her inevitable appearance on...

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