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We have a neighbor that not only leaves their Christmas lights up year-round, but uses them every night. Michelle wants to take a BB gun to each and every light. Wrestling the gun out of her hands, I explain to her that there’s isn’t a cure for redneck, and that they probably have bigger guns, so we should probably just let it happen and drive another road home as not to insight instant rage. Sure, they may or may not have big, dead trucks parked in their lawn as well, but you know, it’s their prerogative, and since they are not living in our direct neighborhood, our house will not feel the economic impact of the neighborhood house values declining. But that got me thinking about how people may be able to use their lights WITHOUT looking like a hillbilly.
How To Use Christmas Lights Year-Round
Those sparkly lights that brighten every kid’s eyes as they pass through neighborhoods during the holidays don’t always have to be packed away on December 26th every year. There are MANY other ways to re-purpose those lights during the spring and summer months. Here are some ways we have used them or are going to use them:
Lighting an evening outdoor wedding. We flew out to Florida for a family wedding and then a cruise. The wedding was in a Pinterest-worthy setting; on a few acres of farmland, with trees along the driveway into the barn. We hooked together a TON of white lights throughout the trees, guiding guests through the pathway to the wedding area. Once the sun went down, it felt like something out of the movie Avatar, with bright lights floating closely overhead, crickets chirping in the warm summer night, and a BEAUTIFUL wedding.
Romantic bedroom lighting. Again, white lights are the best for this. We’ve wrapped a few strings of white lights over our four-poster bed, as well as around the window in our room. It’s the perfect dimmed lighting, and MUCH safer than a candle.
Pergola lighting over outdoor patio. We built a pergola and patio last summer, and this summer, we are going to run power out to it and light it up! We’ll most likely order everything to size online (click here for some sweet lighting options) so that we get EXACTLY what we need and not have to cut any of the strings. I’m thinking white lights (again) using BIG “Patio” light bulbs draped along the rafters of the pergola. Going to be pretty epic (srsly!)
Mostly, just go to Pinterest.com and search “Christmas Lights Year Round” and check out all the amazing ideas which are WAY better than mine. Most of them are white lights (probably because they’re less obnoxious), but I’m sure there are some cool party ideas that include multi-colored lights as well.
As for our neighbors, maybe I should stop all the hating and just be proud of them for their frugal ways. They want to get the most out of their purchase, and I can definitely understand that. Sure, it’s looks hideous, but you know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder or some junk, so good on them.
Comments: Any of you out there use Christmas lights year round? How have you put them to use? Also, to any rednecks out there with big guns and stuff, I hope you do not find any offense at my jesting. I love big trucks, country music and BBQ, so you see, we’re on the same side. But you should probably get that dead 1977 Camaro off your lawn. It’s growing mold….