Get Ready to Decorate – Planning is the Key

It’s time to decorate! We’ve turned the seasonal page and are enjoying the beautiful colors of autumn. Now is also a good time to plan ahead for the task of outdoor decorating this holiday season.

“Visit any home improvement store these days, and you’ll see the front end filled with products for outdoor decorating,” said Christmas Decor by Arvidson lighting designer, Bill Grant. “Christmas decorations and outdoor lights are an important part of the holiday season experience.”

Are you a planner? If so, you’ve probably already been planning to take advantage of the warm weather to hang your outdoor lights. Installing your decorations while the weather is still warm is a much more pleasant experience. It can also help you avoid the risk of slipping on ice and snow if you wait until November or December.

Let’s get ready to decorate and look at how planning is key to a successful holiday lighting display.

Follow Safety Precautions

There are always risks involved. We urge you to consider using important safety equipment (such as a good ladder!) This ensures you emerge in one piece and don’t land in the hospital from a fall off the ladder or a more serious injury.  In fact, we have prepared five safety tips for installing your holiday lights.

Get Ready to Decorate - Planning is the Key

Give the Holidays a Touch of Magic

Spending more time at home this year is another great reason to plan ahead for holiday decorating.

Everyone is going to need that extra dose of holiday cheer!  Imagine how good it will make you (and your family) feel to come home to a house lit up for the holidays. However, once the weather turns cold, you may not have the same motivation to get the job done. Plan ahead to take advantage of milder fall temperatures.

Hire a Professional to Decorate

Prefer to hire a professional?

We get it and we’re here to help! Our turn-key service includes design, installation, maintenance, and removal of your outdoor holiday lighting decorations.  Christmas Decor by Arvidson products are high-quality, commercial grade and will last throughout the holiday season.

Decorating Slots Fill Up Fast!

Believe it or not, our decorating slots are already filling up! If you are planning on hiring a decorating service this year, we encourage you to contact us now so that we can get your home on our installation schedule.

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Nominate a Local Military Family to Receive Free Holiday Lights

Know a Local Military Family?  Nominate Them!

Do you know a deserving military family? Would you like to brighten their holiday season? If so, we have a program you should know about, but you’ll have to act fast!

Christmas Decor sponsors the Decorated Family program. It’s now underway, and nominations are open through Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2020.

Nominate a Local Military Family to Receive Free Holiday Lights

The Perks

The selected family enjoys a professionally designed and installed holiday lighting display. To nominate a family for this distinction, friends and family of deployed, active-duty military may go to the Christmas Decor Facebook Page, click on the Decorated Family Program link, and complete a form explaining why you nominate this family.

“This year, the families of the more than 165,000 active-duty men and women who are deployed outside of the United States and its territories face celebrating the holiday season without their loved one,” said Dennis Marunde of Christmas Decor by Arvidson.  “The Decorated Family program literally lights up the holidays for these families and sends a glowing ‘thank you’ to these service members for their dedication and sacrifice. We would be honored if a military family in our community was nominated and we can provide this heartwarming service.”

Christmas Decor by Arvidson was lucky enough to participate in the Decorated Family program in 2014. We decorated a local navy reserves servicewoman’s home.


Remember, the deadline for nominations for free holiday lights is Monday, November 11, 2020 at midnight.  More information about the Christmas Decor Decorated Family program is available here.

Christmas Decor corporate selects military families from the nominated families in each community. It’s based on the family’s location (to ensure there is a local franchise to provide the award). They also base it on the impact of their story on the judges.

It’s a Bright Idea to Book Holiday Lighting Early!

Christmas may not be the first holiday that comes to mind in September, especially in 2020 when we have so many more distractions caused by COVID-19 and election year politics.

However, the savvy homeowner recognizes that this is the best time of year to book holiday lighting with a reputable lighting design and installation expert. Read more

Tips for Last-Minute Holiday Lighting

This year marks one of the shortest time periods between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Just about three weeks separate the two holidays.

Traditionalists who choose to hold off on decorating for Christmas may be caught off guard by the short turnaround this year.  Here are some tips for last-minute holiday lighting from local outdoor decorating professional, Christmas Decor by Arvidson.

Keep Holiday Lighting Displays Simple

You’ll enjoy maximum impact and less stress when you keep it simple.

The key to creating a glowing holiday look is to focus on creating maximum impact with minimal effort.

It’s tempting to buy the latest looks. Yet, once you go through the lights and decorations you already own, you may discover you already have everything you need to make your home feel warm and welcoming this holiday season.


Find Your Decor Focal Point

Stand back and take a look at your home from a neighbor’s or visitor’s point of view.

Is your front porch a stand-out feature, or is your front door the star of the show? Is there a perfect line of shrubs or a nicely-shaped tree along the path that welcomes guests?

Identify your home’s most attractive features and dress them for the holidays with garland, greenery, and lights.


Complete the Look

If you have time, look for ways to enhance other areas of your yard and home to compliment your focal point design.

Simply outlining windows or roof lines can extend the holiday glow across your home, and subtle hints of color can add interest and depth to your plan.

Keep your Decor Simple

Reduce your stress and improve your results by keeping your outdoor holiday display simple and classic. Too many themes and colors detract from your focal point and confuse the overall impression. A clean, uncluttered display is more attractive, safer, and more cost-effective.


Still Too Stressful?

For many of us, the holidays seem like they are way out in the future, until suddenly, they’re here. If these tips for last-minute holiday lighting have you wishing for the pros, we’re here to help!

If decorating your home each year is more stressful than joyful, it might be time to call in the experts. Christmas Decor by Arvidson designs and installs amazing holiday displays that fit your vision and your budget.


Top of the Line Products and Season-Long Maintenance

Christmas Decor by Arvidson is your choice:

  • We use exclusive professional-grade lighting and decor options not available to the everyday consumer.
  • Arvidson’s maintains your display throughout the holidays, and removes and stores the lights and decor when the holidays are over.
  • It’s a full-service solution that frees up your time to enjoy the whole holiday season, including the time before and after.

Christmas Decor by Arvidson offers a complete turn-key service that includes design, installation, maintenance, and storage.  We can help create happy memories this holiday season with a custom holiday lighting display created just for you!

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Halloween’s over, it’s time to let the holiday lighting season begin!

When the Halloween lights and decorations come down, homeowners naturally plan ahead.  Perhaps you’re thinking of the many family gatherings and celebrations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

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There’s more to outdoor holiday decorating that throwing a wreath on the door and lights on the shrubs out front.

To truly accentuate the beauty of your home, take time to consider all of its unique characteristics. Learn how to best bring them out through various design elements.  As a Christmas Decor franchisee, our fully trained staff is dedicated to creating the best design for each individual home.  Read more

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The holidays are coming, and soon homes everywhere will be sporting beautiful holiday lighting designs.

Today’s lighting options have come a long way since the large, old-fashioned holiday bulbs you may remember from your childhood.

With technological advances in lighting options, homeowners have a vast array of options when planning their holiday lighting decisions.  Today we look at LED vs. Incandescent and which is best for outdoor holiday lighting. Read more

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