Bring on the festive holiday lights and décor

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Twinkling, sparkling and colorful decorations can bring smiles and holiday cheer to our neighborhoods

With the Hallmark Channel starting to air its new Countdown to Christmas movies today, Sunday, Nov. 1, it’s also time to start thinking and planning how we will decorate our homes and businesses for the holidays.

With the coronavirus pandemic burdening so many families, it might be the perfect year to go all out with festive lights and decorations to bring cheer to our neighborhoods.

Even if you don’t plan to turn on your exterior holiday lights until after we celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 26, homeowners might want to take advantage of the mild temperatures now to string the lights outside. Then, with a flip of a switch, families can brighten their neighborhood on the day they choose.

Take an afternoon to pull out all of your Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations. Plug in all of the lights and take inventory of what still works. Some people have found that it is helpful to take a photo of the outside of your home with a smartphone. This will help you visualize what you already have that will work and what you need to buy. Make an estimate of how many feet of lighting you’ll need.

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