Front Porch Appeal Newsletter
Issue #120 December 2021

December: The Kindness Month - Our Holiday Edition

cozy red candles and stars
Enjoy the coziness of the season
"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." - Calvin Coolidge

It has been a bit crazy this year in so many ways. But now we are on the home stretch and the perfect time to express how much we care for family, friends, and neighbors who have made this year's journey with us.

Take time to put the "craziness" aside this month; it doesn't take much to show a little kindness. I never thought I'd be thanking the folks at local businesses "thanks" for showing up to work!

As you rush to find the perfect gift remember Mother Theresa's belief: "It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving."

"The joy of brightening other lives becomes for us the magic of the holidays." W. C. Jones

Inside This Edition...

Christmas village
  • Christmas Lighting Ideas from Coast to Coast
  • Outdoor Lighting Tips from an Expert
  • Try These Christmas DIY Decorating Projects
  • Keeping Warm on a Cold Winter's Night
  • Enjoy This Porch Guide from Vintage Woodworks
  • Thank You As Always


Christmas Lighting Ideas

Enjoy these holiday light ideas we've captured from across the country.

Lisk Landscape Innovations of Woodbury NJ

For gorgeous professional examples, we begin with beautiful light arrangements courtesy of Lisk Landscape Innovations of New Jersey.

collage of Christmas light displays by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives and shared on Front Porch Ideas and More


collage of Christmas light displays by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives and shared on Front Porch Ideas and More


collage of Christmas light displays by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives and shared on Front Porch Ideas and More


collage of Christmas light displays by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives and shared on Front Porch Ideas and More



Tucker Hill Community in McKinney, Texas

Our friends at Tucker Hill, a porch community in McKinney, Texas, shared these wonderful photos of porches decorated in festive fashion for Christmas.

Candy cane decorations in Christmas decor
Criss-crossed candy canes and Santas are so festive!


Elegant Christmas at Tucker Hill McKinney TX
Christmas brings a magical feeling to our hearts


Elegant Christmas at Tucker Hill McKinney TX
This beautiful home is in the Tucker Hill community in McKinney TX



Lights Galore from the Seaside Community, California

vibrant display of Christmas lights and inflatables
Festive Christmas lights and decorations
Photography by Painted Bench Photography


Christmas lights on ranch home in Torrance California
Christmas lights on a California bungalow
Photography by Painted Bench Photography


classic outdoor Christmas lights on entry to home
A mix of white, red, and green and twinkly lights
Photography by Painted Bench Photography



Outdoor Lighting Tips from an Expert

collage of Christmas light displays by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives and shared on Front Porch Ideas and More
Outdoor Christmas lighting ideas
We had the pleasure to speak with an outdoor lighting expert who gave us lots of ideas to hang and store you Christmas lights along with great tips for spacing, using the right type of lights, wrapping trees and shrubs, and so much more.

Listen here!

Try These Christmas DIY Decorating Projects

We hope you enjoy making a few of our Christmas projects this year. We make them easy and inexpensive to do and the kids will love helping make these fun project for your porch and yard this year. Create a cabin style Christmas porch with these DIY ideas
Make One or More of Our Christmas Decorating Projects


Keeping Warm on a Cold Winter's Night

You can't beat a little warmth during the holidays especially on your screened porch.

Infrared heaters and heating panels can make the time you spend on your porch, screen porch, deck, or three-season room so much more comfortable.

Stay warm on your screen porch with infrared heaters. This beautiful screen porch is from The Porch Company in Nashville TN.
Infrared heater installed in screened porch
Photo courtesy of The Porch Company
Infrared heat warms objects rather than simply the air around you, therefore making you feel warm. The waves are absorbed and then given off causing them to radiate more heat. Our friends at The Porch Company install infrared heaters in many of their porch builds. Learn more about why they recommend infrared heaters to their customers.

Learn more about how easy it is to install and use an infrared heater.

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Enjoy This Porch Guide from Vintage Woodworks

If you have time to read a bit, here's an interesting section of Vintage Woodworks website. Our friends there have put together a porch guide that's quite thorough with checklists, a wonderful porch overview and much more - especially if you have a Victorian home or wish to add ornamentation to your porch.


Thank You As Always

Brown paper packages tied up with strings
You're a gift to us - thank you!
From our home to yours, thank you so much for being part of our porch family. While many of us cannot be on the porch till warmer weather comes, let's still enjoy the beauty of these days. From a frozen snowflake on your window to the warmth and crackle of your fireplace, may you notice the little things that nature abundantly provides.

Stay snuggly and know that we appreciate you! If ever you'd like to share your porch pics with us, our email is info@front-porch-ideas-and-more.com

From the two of us, may you have peace and joy in your heart in this busy season.

winter road
Enjoy the tranquility


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Mary and Dave Happy porch sitting from your friends,

Mary and Dave


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