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6 Little secrets to help you rock your light display year after year

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Grab the ladder and channel your inner Griswold with these Christmas lighting tips

The holiday season is in full swing, and that means people are lighting up their homes with some gorgeous light displays. Here are six little secrets you'll want to pin now so you can rock your light display year after year.

1. Go all out on a single focal point

Grab the ladder and channel your inner Griswold with these Christmas lighting tips

Photo courtesy of Quality Landscape Lighting

You may not want to light your entire home. In fact, lighting just one area, like this outdoor play shed, is an easy way to make your yard shine.

2. Do something different with the trees

Grab the ladder and channel your inner Griswold with these Christmas lighting tips

Photo courtesy of Quality Landscape Lighting

This spectacular tree used green lights for the trunk and red lights for the foliage. One focal tree like this is an easy way to light up your yard without lighting every tree or shrub.

3. Follow the lines of your home

Grab the ladder and channel your inner Griswold with these Christmas lighting tips

Photo courtesy of Absolute Lights

Lining the roof (or gutters) with lights is the classic approach to holiday lighting. But it can also be the most dangerous. Always enlist helpers to hold the ladder or pass up the lights and don't climb on a wet or slippery roof.

4. Light the landscape

Grab the ladder and channel your inner Griswold with these Christmas lighting tips

Photo courtesy of Absolute Lights

This home appears well lit and ultra festive even though the lights are strictly on the trees and shrubbery. This is an easy way to create brightness on a dark winter night and has the added benefit of lighting up walkways and driveways.

5. Drape lit garland lavishly

Grab the ladder and channel your inner Griswold with these Christmas lighting tips

Photo courtesy of Absolute Lights

Hanging lit garland is a beautifully traditional way to light up the entrance to your home. This home chose to highlight the architectural features like the columns and balcony. Consider draping garland and attaching colorful bows or ornaments.

6. Don't forget the backyard

Grab the ladder and channel your inner Griswold with these Christmas lighting tips

Photo courtesy of Absolute Lights

Outdoor holiday lights don't have to be just in the front yard. This home likes to celebrate the holidays by the swimming pool. Draping café lights and decorating the trees creates a fun and festive atmosphere for any holiday party.

More Christmas decorating ideas

Decorate on the cheap for Christmas
Mini wreath decorations
Homemade Christmas tree ornaments

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