Thursday, December 22, 2011

Our New and Improved Outdoor Holiday Decor! {#CBias #Searsrealcheer}

With Christmas only days away, I'm not a big fan of the stress and chaos that seems to be swirling around everywhere I go.

On the other hand, I love this time of year and the way that a short drive anywhere in the neighborhood reveals a plethora of lights and decorations that celebrate the holidays. From classic white to blinking red and green to fun snowflakes-falling lights down the block (I've never seen those before - very cool!), the cheerfulness of seeing anything from a flashing candy cane to a snowman window cling tends to brighten my mood.

Which would make you think that our house is well-decorated, wouldn't it? At the beginning of this month I wrote about our outdoor decor (or lack of it) and how my husband does put up some outdoor lights for us... but that they aren't really his "thing."

It's not entirely his fault though, really. Aside from some simple strands of lights, we didn't really have much else that would make any sort of impact in the various open areas of our yard and entryway.

When it came to empty spots like these?

Eh, I could ignore them.

Because really, it was the front entryway that bothered me the most.

Aside from a single wreath, there isn't a light or a decoration in sight. How festive and joyful can a house feel without anything to greet you at the door?

Fortunately, we were given the opportunity to head over to Sears and do a little shopping in their Outdoor Decor section (see our shopping trip here!) to spruce things up around the ol' homestead this season.

Although our local Sears didn't have the largest selection around, we were still able to find two Green Light Spiral Trees that were just the thing to fill the empty spot to help light your way up our front walk.

Taking them home, my husband and I were happy to find that the assembly for these trees wasn't difficult at all. By setting up the main post in the middle and pulling the center of the spiral up to the top...

...that was it!

As these trees are so lightweight, it was easy to pick them up and walk them right out to the open location that we had planned.

Even better when we turned off the outside light!

Even though these trees aren't what we originally had in mind when we set off for Sears, I'm really happy with the way that they turned out and how the addition of something so simple could make such an impact. Compare these photos to the one above of the empty front doorway and it's not hard to see that the house has gone from blah to holiday-ready!

Plus, as the setup is so easy, it isn't as though having these Spiral Trees would cause us to procrastinate decorating in the future. Maybe next year we won't even wait until the last minute! As an added bonus, these trees store back in their boxes so flat and compact that I don't have to worry about finding space to store anything large or bulky.

Instead, I'm heading over to add a picture of our newly-lit door to the Sears Cheer Tree (I love seeing everyone's great decor!) and am looking forward to having these in our collection next year and for many more years in the future... and who knows? Maybe we'll continue to add more outdoor decor from Sears as the years go on. For now, we're ready for the holidays to arrive!

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias but all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. #CBias


Brenda said...

Those trees look really nice! We have lights outside on the front of our house, but we don't have anything on our front door. I need to find something to put on it too before all of our guests arrive for Christmas dinner.

LeeAnn said...

Very pretty! It is amazing how something so simple can make a house look so festive.

We have a couple of spiral trees that are all white lights...I think I might have to pick up a couple of those green ones for next year.

Merry Christmas, my friend. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

Jenny said...

Those are cute. I love putting up Christmas lights. I remember helping my Dad each year, when I was a kid. I need to go find more when they go on clearance, because I had a ton of strands that were out this year.

MommaD said...

I didn't think I'd like the green trees, but they are really pretty! Have a Merry Christmas Xenia!

Heather @ Girl Gone Mom said...

Funny we picked the same trees! I didn't realize by picking up the green tree that I was getting green lights but I love them.