Of course, ideally I'd buy it in the post Christmas sales. But I am planning to get one before then so it's all ready for light up night. After looking around for ages, I have about 80% settled on this one.
Finally getting a wreath this year
Light up night is one of the many social traditions in our street. And we have many! We have an annual progressive street dinner, jazz evenings in the park 3 or 4 times over summer, an annual easter egg hunt and sausage sizzle, Halloween and of course the annual Christmas light up night.
It's a gorgeous event! The idea is each year you decorate the outside of your home for Christmas. On a set night in early December the entire street comes together to sing carols etc. and at 8pm we all 'light up' (switch on our Christmas lights). Everyone then wanders up and down the street and chats / has a glass of wine and admires one another's lights. Many neighbours drag their BBQs out onto their driveways and cook kebabs/nibbles to be shared. It's just an awesome night!
We learned early on that each year one's display is meant to grow. So each year we add something to our lights. Last year we even had powerpoints added under our eaves to enable our growing display.
If you look at last year's Christmas lights post you'll see our display, so far, is pretty meagre. Fairy lights along the front porch, stars in the front windows, and 3 lit gift boxes in the front garden. This year I thought we might step it up a bit by adding a Christmas tree in the front for the illuminated gifts to sit beneath.