Prep Your Home for the Holidays

With easy holiday decorating ideas, lighting tips, and more, we’ll help ensure your home is set for the season.

1. Dress the Table

Give old vases a stunning new look. Wrap round vases with natural red oak; make 3 or 4 for about $19. Get step-by-step instructions.

2. Be Safe

The season of light is also the season of cross-country travel, lit candles, and icy sidewalks. Here’s how to manage the risks:

Energy-efficient, convenient, and safe, a digital timer (#316425) can handle multiple program settings, see above. (May not be exactly as shown.) Make life easier by setting outdoor lights on an automatic timer — and use one indoors if you’re going out of town.

Safeguard your home by installing a fire/carbon monoxide detector on every floor. Then check them each month to make sure they are functioning properly.

Stock up on ice-melting products and sand before a big storm hits. If you’ll be dealing with ice in areas where perennials are planted, choose a plant-safe product such as Alaskan Ice Melt (#274727). Own a snowblower? Get it ready now — check the oil, fuel, and spark plugs.

3. Decorate the Door

Hang a twine star on your front door to create a fresh, natural look. All it takes is about $6 and these easy instructions.

4. Light Right

Switch to LEDs this Christmas season for instant as well as long-term savings. You’ll decrease your energy costs by as much as 90 percent compared to incandescent bulbs. Plus, durable LED lights can last through 40 holiday seasons.




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