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Holiday Light Etiquette

Holiday Light Etiquette

December 16, 2019

You probably already know that hanging your Christmas lights in the middle of July is a no-no, but if you want to avoid being "that neighbor" that everyone talks about when they're not around, MosquitoNix is here to help with a holiday light etiquette guide. We'll walk you through the basics of when and where to hang your holiday lights so all you spread is cheer and not annoyance.

1. Hang your lights up after Thanksgiving. This one should go without say, but in case you didn't already know, it's best to wait until after Thanksgiving to hang your holiday lights. If you live in a cooler climate and snow is a concern, hang them as late as you can. Generally speaking, the closer to Christmas to wait to hang your lights, the better.

2. Take your lights down before the end of January. Traditionally, Christmas decorations should be down after New Year's Day, but before January 6th. If you live in an area that's prone to snow and can't take your lights down because of ice, just turning them off or unplugging them should suffice.

3. Avoid having lights shine in your neighbor's windows. Does your neighbor's living room face the side of your house? You might want to avoid putting lights near their window, otherwise your holiday display will quickly go from festive to annoying. If you're not sure if your light display is causing problems, just ask and avoid a potential problem.

4. Put your lights on a timer to save power and to keep the peace. There aren't that many people driving around in the middle of the night to check out Christmas lights, so you can save some money by putting your lights on a timer. You'll also avoid irritating your neighbors because the only people that are going to see them at 1 a.m. are the people in your neighborhood.

5. Be mindful of your large decorations. Blow-up decorations, animated decorations and light-up wire decorations are fun, but they can also block views and make it difficult for your neighbors to get out of their driveway. Be mindful of your large embellishments, particularly of where you place them.

6. Keep your decorations tasteful. Everyone likes to have fun around the holidays, but if your holiday scenes are going to be seen by little eyes, they need to be tasteful. Make sure anything you put in your front yard is PG and that you wouldn't be embarrassed if a three-year-old saw it. Tacky, distasteful décor is a sure way to make your neighbors angry.

7. Tackle problems head-on. If your neighbors approach you about your lights, be ready to tackle the problem them minute you hear about it. If a light is shining in their window, take it down. If a holiday decoration is blocking their view, move it. The holidays are meant to be fun, and your décor can accommodate your neighbors while still being spectacular.

Holiday light etiquette isn't difficult or complicated. Use common sense when you hang your holiday lights and only display them during the appropriate season. If you do this, you won't have any problems with your neighbors, so you'll still be invited to the block party when the weather warms up again.



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