Front Porch Appeal Wishing You A Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Issue #62 December 2014

December is upon us. Excited children, frazzled parents, holiday lights, and of course, decorated front porches. Let your porch be a place of enjoyment this month and a place to enjoy the snow with a cup of hot chocolate or watching a warm sunset sipping on a pina colada (depending on where you are).

Mary and I definitely hope you find time this month for some porch sitting weather permitting. Or if you live in the snowy country, pile the kids in the car and do a little holiday light sight-seeing.


fall on the front porch in evening light

Growing up in northern Ohio, I have fond memories of shoveling snow off the front porch and jumping into huge piles of snow and building snow caves and forts. Whether you have snow or not this December, we hope this issue inspires you to decorate your porch for all to enjoy.

In this holiday issue, Mary and I will give you ideas for decorating, hanging Christmas lights, and even taking some fantastic photos of holiday lights (which can be tricky). Here's wishing you a Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays.


Brooklyn Christmas Light Displays

Our thanks and appreciation to photographer Becca Dorstek for allowing us to share a few of her magnificent photos of Christmas lights in Brooklyn, N.Y.


brilliant lights at holiday time


Santa all decked out in holiday lights


Extravagant Booklyn Christmas light display


Wonderful Booklyn Christmas light display


Christmas Light Photography Tips By Becca

becca dorstek photographer Becca was kind enough to share her tips for taking magnificent Christmas light photographs on our Porch Ideas Network Audio Program.

Becca gives us tips that are sure to make it easier to take better holiday photos.

Take a few minutes and enjoy our discussion with Becca.


Hang Your Christmas and Holiday Lights

Mary and I were excited to talk with Bob Lyons, Sr., of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. Bob is a holiday lighting expert and shares how they hang lights to create wonderful displays.

Now you get a chance to learn their tips (how to hang lights on your trees) and other secrets to make your holiday lighting easier and more fun.


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Sophisticated Christmas Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives



front porch and yard in Christmas lights
Inviting Christmas lights by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives



front porch and yard in Christmas lights Listen to our audio cast with Bob Lyons, Sr.!


Anita's Country Christmas

Anita of Far Above Rubies shares her front porch decorated for Christmas. Even more fun is we get to share Anita describing her wonderful home and property located in North Carolina. Anita loves the holidays and decorating her front porch as you can see.

Listen to our audio program to hear how Anita decorates for the holidays. And you will also get to see more of her beautiful photos.


Anita's porch is lovingly known as Whispering Pines
Anita's Country Christmas front porch. Simple elegance!



Anita's country porch is decorated with garland and red bows
Photos courtesy of Anita at Far Above Rubies
Anita uses vintage items like this sled which was made by her grandfather. Repurpose items you may have to decorate your porch for Christmas.


Christmas Porch Decorating and Craft Ideas

We know there are lots of folks who love Christmas and the holidays. For those who are beginning to plan for their porch decorations early, here's our primer!


collage of christmas porch decorating ideas

Making your own Christmas decorations is fun and can save you a bundle. Here are 8 decorating projects that we know you'll enjoy making.


Christmas mailbox decoration on front porch


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Mary and Dave Happy porch sitting from your friends,

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Life is short. Enjoy your porch.



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