file5401294521986The concept of fall and the harvest season quickly slips away after Thanksgiving. As people watch Black Friday and Cyber Monday ads, thoughts turn to buying gifts and decorating for the holidays. Consider a few unique outdoor holiday decorating ideas to liven up your living spaces.

Colorful Solar Lights

Stringing up lots of lights around the house involves patience, multiple electrical outlets, and time. If you want to light up certain areas without spending extra money on your electric bill, consider adding colorful solar lights to your garden. Red, green and Christmas themed solar lights are a wonderful way to illuminate pathways in a festive manner.

Plants in Big Pots

Get a couple of large, metallic pots and fill them with holiday plants. This can include poinsettia and holly. These delicate plants can be brought indoors if it gets really cold or snowy. Consider using silk flowers that you don’t have to worry about. You can stick the stems in the real dirt for a natural look. Remember to hang a sprig of mistletoe over the door to get a holiday kiss from that special someone and hang a fresh pine wreath on the door for a festive scent.

Garland Everywhere

From the banister to columns by the front door to wicker furniture on your porch, add a string of garland everywhere you go. Consider the traditional metallic garland or other versions that feature snowflakes, holly, and pine. There are also garlands that light up using electricity or batteries to step up your holiday decor a notch or two.

Understated Lighting

If you’re beyond putting big Santa faces in your windows, consider the simplicity of candles. While lighting real candles can be dangerous, you can use solar powered ones or tea lights that are battery operated. Some of them work on timers that can illuminate your house when it gets dark and shut off in the light.

Remember to include furry and feathered creatures in your wintry decor. Consider putting out a bird feeder near a window so you can still watch the wildlife outside after the winter chill takes over.