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ecorating for the holidays is a long held and respected tradition. no matter where you live, you can find a neighborhood that is transformed by lights and full of holiday spirit.

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These neighborhoods often become infamous to locals and become tourist attractions in their own right. For some towns, the pressure is really on. When Christmas is in your name, you have to do it up right. here’s the rundown on three towns that pull out all the stops. (You also can visit www. to find displays in your area.) north Pole, alaska living in “the north pole,” how can you not feel the responsibility to show off your Christmas cheer? The town hosts what its citizens call “Christmas in ice.” This is a six-week winter ice park, featuring ice art competitions, ice slides, a maze and ice sculpture demonstrations. it also has a highly touted kids’ park. The festival hosts many other activities, including cookie decorating. The festival concludes with Santa playing in the ice park on Christmas eve before leaving to make his annual deliveries. christmas cove, Maine

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cove, which means it is pretty empty at Christmas. (Winter in Maine is not a time to be on a

boat.) however, just north is Wilton, and Wilton lights has been a Maine holiday tradition for many years. The Christmas display at

a private residence is set to timers and animated by music, which can be heard by tuning in to a local radio station when you are nearby. Think twice before you travel this year, however. The family that displays the

lights at its home is moving across town and has decided to postpone the light show this year. Santa claus, indiana if you are ever in Santa Claus, check out its land

of light — the largest campground holiday light show in north America. The light show tells a story in lights and storyboards, with more than 300 light display pieces stretching more than a mile.

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aste not, want not — particularly during the holidays. After decorating the large focal areas of your home, such as the tree, it is not uncommon to have decor items left over each year. This is especially true for ornaments. But before you toss the unused ornaments back into their storage containers, consider other ways you can use them in your decor, other than on the tree. Create a striking Centerpiece Putting various-sized bulbs in a bowl or glass vase is a quick and festive table centerpiece that is sure to catch guests’ attention. For smaller ornaments, consider putting decorative branches in a pretty vase and hanging mini ornaments from its arms. decorate a Wreath Attach unused bulbs to a wreath for a pop of color. If you have many ornaments that have been retired from their place on your tree, consider making a wreath entirely out of ornaments. You just need a green foam wreath base (found at any local craft store for minimal cost) and a little glue. Give Light Fixtures a Holiday Face Lift string ornaments of complimentary colors from your din-

ing room chandelier with dark green satin ribbon. Using the fixture over your table, you are free to hang them from varying heights since you won’t have to worry about people hitting their heads on them. string Them together for Garland This is a great project if you are overflowing with leftover ornaments. While glass ball ornaments work best for this project, most ornaments will work as long as they are not heavy. Just loop a piece of wired ribbon through the tops of ornaments and pull them tightly together. You will be left with a length of full, colorful garland to drape over a window or mantle. Incorporate them into Gift-wrapping If you have a lot of mini ornaments, consider using them as gift charms. Attach them to ribbon and wrap around the gift just before it is tied into a bow. This adds a special and finishing touch to your gift-wrapping.

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Window dressing

ressing up the windows for the holidays can be the perfect finishing touch to any room.

Window decor also is an avenue through which you can keep your decorating fresh every year, and it can be a great outlet to exercise creativity. Consider decorating the rest of your home and then sprucing up the windows with remnant decorations that did not get used elsewhere. (We all have leftovers.) Here are just a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

Snowflakes Create your own winter wonderland by attaching homemade snowflakes to your windows. Cut them from delicate, thin parchment for a subtle effect. You don’t have to be an artist for parchment snowflakes to look fabulous, as their thin yet sturdy material is great at hiding imperfections. Wreaths You can’t go wrong with this classic choice. Hanging wreaths in a row over multiple windows can have a striking effect that is enjoyed from both inside and outside the home. Garland Drape greenery over your curtain rods to add a pop of color and

fresh scent. If you prefer more color, consider wrapping curtain rods with thick, lush ribbons and letting the ends curl down to the floor, trimming your curtains. Also don’t overlook beaded garland. Ornaments Ornaments are not just for the tree. Hang glass ornaments at varying heights from a curtain rod using coloring ribbons. This will allow light to hit them and splash color throughout the room. However, remember if you are attaching them to the curtain

rod, it will be difficult to close the drapes. This option is best on a rear-facing window, or consider attaching a secondary tension rod behind your current one. Pine cones Simplistic and stunning, hanging pine cones bring a bit of nature inside to enjoy. The effect is more rustic and down-to-earth and will complement pine or fir swags, wreaths or garland. Advent Hang your Advent calendar along

a line of windows. Don’t have one? This is the perfect time to make one. String clotheslines across your windows and attach your advent items to it with clothespins. This can be anything from mini stockings to colored dishtowels with numbers ironed onto them. You can even print the numbers of the month onto Kraft paper lunch bags, and put a sweet treat in each one for children or grandchildren to enjoy when they check it each day.



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These regal little soldiers are nutcrackers, and they’ve become an iconic symbol of the Christmas season. german Folklore according to German folklore, nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring good luck to families and protect the home. The carving of nutcrackers developed as a cottage industry in rural Germany. They most famous ones come from sonneberg, Germany — which is also a center of doll-making — and the ore Mountains. nutcrackers were carved in the shapes of soldiers, kings, and knights — along with other professions that have existed since the 15th century. The tale that Made them Famous The wooden figures got a major publicity boost when the story of The nutcracker was set to music by tchaikovsky in 1891, and premiered the week before

Christmas in 1892. The nutcracker Ballet has become an iconic Christmas tradition. a ballet in two acts, the story centers on a family’s Christmas Eve celebration. The production is now performed by hundreds of ballet companies across the globe each year. an american Fascination While nutcrackers are wildly popular now in Christmas decor, this was not always the case. They only became popular in the United states approximately 50 years ago. during World War ii, american soldiers brought the figurines home from Germany as gifts and souvenirs. Their popularity exploded, and mass reproductions followed. With the increased availability of pre-shelled nuts, their design changed. While original nutcrackers were designed with mouths large (and sturdy) enough to crack open a nut, modern designs are purely ornamental.

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t is not uncommon during the holidays to see little wooden soldiers in various shapes and sizes lining the mantles of fireplaces or quietly guarding rooms from other perches.


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ur love of the holiday season can be measured in numbers — how we spend our money and how much we spend decorating our living spaces.

Here are 10 interesting details about how we celebrate the holiday season. • Christmas is the most observed federal holiday, with 94 percent of Americans celebrating. • The United States imported approximately $1 billion worth of Christmas ornaments from China in 2014, according to the U.S. census Bureau. • The average person spent $805 during December in 2015, according to the National Retail Federation. This is up from $681 in 2009 — the low experienced directly after the Great Recession. • According to the National Retail Federation, almost 50 percent of holiday shopping will happen online. • Consumers try to keep their costs low by taking advantage of free shipping. According to the National Retail Federation, 93 percent of online shoppers take advantage of free shipping on online orders, while 47 percent of consumers stated that the offer of free shipping directly dictated where they would spend their dollars. • Saving on shipping is a must when gift shopping. According to the National Retail Federation, spending on gifts surpasses food spending six times over. • While people travel more for Thanksgiving, they are willing to travel further for Christmas. The average person travels 275 miles for Christmas. • According to the National Christmas Tree Association, approximately 26 million live Christmas trees were purchased in 2015. Of these, 76 percent were pre-cut, while 24 percent were retrieved from people who prefer to cut their own. • We all know retailers increase their staffs during the holiday season, but none more so than toy and game stores. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, toy and game retailers increase their staffs by 38 percent during the holidays. This is more than double the increase of other retailers. • Seventy-seven percent of consumers also treated themselves in 2015 while completing their holiday gift shopping.



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