On the last warm day (temps in the 50's), I was able to get the outside Christmas decorations completed. It took longer than usual this year. This is the first year that I decorated the new porch rail. On the old railing I had installed eye hooks on the bottom side of the railing to hold the garland and to get the correct spacing. Also, since I was basically starting from scratch, I replaced our old bows with bright new ones. Rather than putting lights in the bushes, and trees like we used to do, and feeding the electric company, I opted for the older traditional look that we first saw in North Carolina when we lived there. I just put a set of flood lights in the yard to light up the front of the house.
A few days later I began on the inside. We have my side of the family coming for Christmas on Christmas eve and Cindy's side coming the following Friday. At each party we will be hosting about 50 people. With that many people coming we will be using the basement as our main entertaining area but the foyer, kitchen, and family room will also have to be decorated.
When we moved into this house years ago, we could not find suitable decorations for the fireplace. After looking in several different stores we gave up and I decided to make our own, and we still use them.