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Front Porch Appeal

Issue #73 January 2016
December - tis the season to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or other holidays dear to the hearts of many. Whether you celebrate the beginning of winter, one of the designated observances or none at all, December is a most popular month for decorating your front porch.

Having lived in snow country for most our lives, Mary and I know porches sometimes become storage spaces for boots, sleds, skis, skates, and even firewood. Now that we live farther south, porches in winter serve as places for morning cups of coffee.

Decorating your porch for December's festivities is fun and easy to do!

front porch decorated for christmas with railing lights

Greetings from our porch to yours!

front porch decorated for christmas with railing lights
Christmas Front Porch
photo by Painted Bench Photography

In this issue, we highlight decorating, lighting ideas and project ideas from the simple to the sophisticated, all of which almost anyone can do to brighten the season. We also have some gift ideas we know you'll enjoy!

Outdoor Christmas Lighting Ideas

Outdoor lighting has never been more popular and you have a myriad of lighting options. We illustrate a few below using photos to get you thinking what you'd like to display on your home this year.

Whether you prefer traditional lighting or something more extravagant, be sure to see our entire outdoor holiday lighting section.

front porch decorated with traditional Christmas lights
Traditional Outside Christmas Light Display
photo by hpaich

front porch decorated with traditional Christmas lights
Fun Porch And Yard Lighting Ideas
photo by Painted Bench Photography

front porch decorated with traditional Christmas lights
Over-The-Top Christmas Lighting
photo by Becca Dorstek

photographer becca dorstek Interested in how Becca takes amazing Christmas light pictures? Listen to our podcast with with Becca for outdoor lighting photography tips and ideas.

Quick and Festive Deorating Idea

Paint bucket painted red and filled with greenery and ornaments makes for a nice display in the corner of the porch

If you love quick and festive ideas for your porch then this is one of those ideas. We painted a paint bucket red and filled it with fresh greenery and bright red ornaments.

No fresh greenery handy? No problem. You can get free greenery trimmings at most Christmas tree stands. We found ours at a home improvement store.

Surprise Your Kids or Grandchildren

Star Shower Laser Lights

Dave and I are kind of intrigued by the Star Shower Light Show (affiliate) you may have seen on TV. It's a way of lighting up your home for the holidays without having to string lights or get up on ladders.

Depending on how much you want to light up your home, it may take several units to get the effects you see above. But it is kind of fun thinking how quickly you can light up your porch and home.

You can get these star shower lights on Amazon (affiliate).

Create An Amazing Front Porch Holiday Display

We've got ideas for you!

Start with our 20 plus ideas and use our Christmas Decorating Directory to find easy and relatively inexpensive to create!

Christmas door display created by Whetstone's Antique

The folks at Whetstone's Antiques of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin created this Christmas door display at their shop to welcome their customers. We can just imagine how magical it will look when it snows. Does this display give you ideas for your porch?

Holiday Wreath Ideas

Wreath designs are a popular topic this time of year. Whether you purchase a wreath or make your own, be sure to find the perfect design for your home by seeing our holiday wreath ideas.

Check out how to make a Grinch front porch for Christmas!

Christmas Project Ideas

We love to make Christmas and know many of you do too. Here's two of our many projects we've made that are fun to do - we have instructions too!

Christmas Mailbox

Our Christmas mailbox project comes with complete instructions for building and painting your mailbox. Fill it full with handmade letters and packages. Perfect for the front porch or yard - the kids (and neighbors) will love it!

Holiday Bucket Decorations

So easy! We used inexpensive buckets from Home Depot to make hold decorative holiday greenery. Use our step-by-step tutorial and add your own special touch.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Porch Lovers

Here are a few special Christmas gift ideas that Mary and I like. We hope it gives you some wonderful ideas for the special folks on your list.

Advent cabin from Plow and Hearth Beautiful pine cone berry wreath from Plow and Hearth

Sweet advent cabin and pine cone berry wreath from Plow and Hearth.

Lighted holiday sled decoration from Plow and Hearth Christmas cottage bird feeder from Plow and Hearth

This lighted holiday sled decoration would be an adorable decoration on the front porch.

And if you feed birds like Dave and I do, we bet you will enjoy this cute cottage bird feeder from Plow and Hearth.

Hand hooked holiday dog pillows from Plow and Hearth Cat hand-pulled pillows from Plow and Hearth

Dog lover? Cat lover? These lovable hand-hooked dog pillows and cat pillows make an absolutely wonderful gift from Plow and Hearth.

Listen To Our Christmas Podcasts
To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

We have several podcasts we think you will really enjoy to get expert advice for Christmas decorating and lighting ideas.

front porch pin decorated with Christmas wreaths
Country Christmas Ideas From Anita Diaz

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Mary and Dave

Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary & Dave

Life is short. Enjoy your porch.

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