The Outback Blog

Slippery, teetering ladders. Frozen fingers. Hopelessly tangled strings of lights. Numb toes.

It's time to put holiday lights on the house — the most wonderful time of the year!

Who are we kidding?

A house twinkling with lights, festooned with bright wreaths and sporting Santa on the roof is an awesome sight.

Making it all happen? Not so great.

A skilled holiday lighting and decorating expert could save your sanity this holiday season.

Yes! It's time to get ready for your outdoor holiday lighting display!

Drag that bin of tangled lights out of the basement and see if you can make any sense of the mess.

Make your way to the back of the garage to get the ladder. Watch out for the gas can, the rake, all the bikes, the wheelbarrow and that overflowing recycling bin.

Where are those little clips that attach the lights to the roofline? Is somebody home who can hold the ladder for you? Where’s the extension cord?

Is it getting stressful in here, or is it just you?

Relax. We're here to simplify outdoor holiday lighting, hassle by hairy hassle.

Everybody loves lights. Adding sparkle to your house for the holidays makes you happy — and it feels great when everybody who passes by exclaims, “wow.”

But while we all love watching Clark Griswold struggle with his light show every year in “Christmas Vacation,” we don’t want to be him.

So, in the spirit of the holidays, we’re sharing a few of our favorite holiday outdoor lighting tips, from design ideas to safety precautions.

It’s almost time to dazzle your neighborhood with your holiday decorating. Are you ready?

This year, stash the ho-hum decor you’ve hauled out for years and try something new.

Cherry blossom lights that create a magical glow. Meteor lights that add a stunning shooting star effect to your front yard trees. “Linkable” lights that adorn your roofline with strings of brightly lit candy canes, stockings or holly leaves.

This year’s holiday decorating trends offer more sparkle than ever.  Here’s a look at some of our favorites.

Round up the extension cords. Get ready to glow.