Saturday I went on a Christmas home tour with friends. We did the “combination” tour which includes a daylight tour and a candlelight tour. Each year when we go on the tour, it gives me an excuse to be a total goof ball (like I’m not the rest of the year) and decorate our Christmas chariot for the evening.
I always add some faux garland to the cargo/luggage rack thingies on the top of the car. The lights I’ve use in the past were hard to turn on and off. This year I found these fun round “ball-shaped” lights at Michaels on sale and they were perfect.
I taped the battery box under one of the cargo thingies.
The lights can be set for steady on, flashing or phasing, which is a pulsating effect. I let my friends choose which way to go and they went for flashing. 🙂
I didn’t take my camera with me this year, but I did capture a few shots with my cell phone for you. I loved all the wreaths on the exterior windows of this home.
Here’s a wonderful idea for decorating window-boxes for Christmas. Just add greenery (real or faux) large ornaments and weave outdoor ribbon throughout.
What would you put in the windowbox after Christmas?
Loved the wreath snowman. This would be so easy to make. Be cute with a hat and lights, too.
Great area for entertaining in this side yard.
Saw a fun Dr. Seuss Christmas tree in one of the store windows on the square nearby…
Little closer view of the Dr. Seuss Christmas tree.
The combination tour includes three home by day and three homes after dark. If we finish the day tour early, there are “public” houses to see which are all beautiful, as well. We normally finish up the daytime portion of the tour between 4:30-5:00, then it’s time for a leisurely dinner in one of the restaurants nearby on the square. The evening tour starts at 7 PM and is truly magical. (Following pics were taken during previous candlelight tours.)
There’s something very special about touring beautiful historic homes by candlelight. The homes look different at night with the windows all aglow. The air is crisp and smells of wood burning fires. Sometimes the walkways are lit with luminaries.
Everywhere you look there are little surprises, things you would never see during the daytime. How would you like to swing on a garland-adorned, lit swing?
Candlelight makes for fun shadows.
So much beauty and inspiration. (See the full tour of the home below in this post: A Christmas Tour of Homes)
If you’ve never gone on a candlelight tour, you have to go sometime. It’s a wonderful experience, especially when shared with good friends. You’ll find additional Christmas home tours under the heading, The Holiday Home/Christmas/Home Tours at the top of BNOTP or click here: Christmas Home Tours