About Holly

An avid writer, designer, holiday decorator, and DIY enthusiast, Holly enjoys brightening up the day with new ideas and fun pictures. Holly has been contributing to the Christmas Lights, Etc blog for over six years, and has no plans to slow down!

Anatomy of Christmas Icicle Lights

Icicle Lights

Christmas icicle lights, now a very popular purchase, have been around for less than 20 years. Compare that to minilights, which have been around since the 1800s, and you'll see that icicle lights, while new, are extremely popular. The first icicle lights were made for a gourmet food shop, but customers soon … [Read more...]

My Aunt Bea’s Best Christmas – Based on a True Story

Best Christmas

For the past three years I haven’t come home for Christmas, not because I dislike my family but simply because I had travel plans. This year, newly single and with friends who all have significant others, I had nowhere to fall but back on my own family. As soon as I settled back into my childhood room, … [Read more...]

Macy’s Great Tree Supplied by Christmas Lights, Etc

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Macy's is known for its large trees and grand Christmas displays throughout the US, starting with the Thanksgiving lighting of its Great Tree. This year, the Atlanta Macy's at Lenox Mall is breaking away from live trees and opting to use an artificial Christmas tree in its 2013 Christmas celebration. … [Read more...]

How to Make Christmas Light Balls

Christmas Light Balls

Christmas light balls are extremely popular outdoor Christmas decorations that are unique in appearance. Many times found in holiday light shows, botanical gardens, and other elegant displays, Christmas light balls are actually easy to make with just a few supplies. Based on the popularity of our How to Make … [Read more...]

How to Wrap a Tree with Lights

Wrapping Outdoor Trees with Lights

Wrapping outdoor trees with Christmas lights creates beautiful outdoor Christmas decorations using your yard's natural aesthetic. Wrapped outdoor trees are often seen in botanical gardens and light shows, and suit any decor. While it may look like a challenge, it is easy once you know the steps. Learn to wrap … [Read more...]

How to Create a Holiday Light Show

LED Holiday Light Show

Planning your outdoor Christmas decorations is an integral part of creating a holiday light show, and the earlier you begin, the better. Holiday light shows can take time to plan and perfect, so begin planning your design early and take advantage of Christmas sales. Christmas Light Planning First, … [Read more...]

How to Photograph Lights at Night with a Camera Phone

How to Shoot Christmas Lights at Night

Taking pictures at night can be a challenge on a camera phone, especially when the camera has only basic camera settings. Though camera phones are great at snapping photos at weddings, taking pictures with friends at parties, and capturing the radiant glow of the sun, it can be difficult to master night … [Read more...]

Christmas in July Sale Heats Up Summer

Christmas in July Sale

A Christmas in July Sale is a great way to get into the joy of the Christmas season without the cold winds of winter. Across the world, Christmas in July is celebrated with Santa, Christmas decor, and gifts, just like the Christmas in December we know so well. Why Christmas in July? Initially, Christmas … [Read more...]

How to Plan Luau Theme Parties

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Luau theme parties are perfect for the hot summers. Bring cool ocean beaches to your own back yard with Hawaiian decorations, palm tree lights, and authentic luau food that will create a fun day in the sun for adults and kids. Luau theme parties are great for birthdays and neighborhood block parties, and luau … [Read more...]

Red, White and Blue: Celebrate with Patriotic Decorations

Memorial Day Activities

Patriotic holidays in the US are celebrations in remembrance of service men and women. Popular holidays include Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and the 4th of July, and red, white, and blue patriotic decorations proudly hang from mailboxes and front doors as flags wave in the wind. During the Veteran’s and … [Read more...]

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