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The Neat Retreat: Decorate For Christmas

Suzanne Oliver
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Christmas tree and decorations

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Everywhere you go

Take a look in the five and ten

Glistening once again

With candy canes and silver lanes aglow

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Toys in every store

But the prettiest sight to see

Is the holly that will be

On your own front door”

Yes, the holiday season is upon us. (The Home Depot actually had trees on display and ornaments on shelves weeks before Halloween. We were ready for you!)

While we still recommend waiting until after Thanksgiving to actually decorate, it’s a good idea to shop early and avoid the rush. Nothing’s sadder than having your heart set on something, only to find out it’s sold out.

In the spirit of preparation, there are a few items you’ll want to snag when you first see them. For example, Christmas lights are our biggest sellers and in the following order:

1) GE Pro-Line 150-light clear sparkle mini light set

2) 150-light clear net set

3) GE Pro-Line 150-light clear mini icicle set

When buying lights, decide what style speaks to you. Are you more of a traditionalist leaning toward the standard clear lights? Or are you going for a retro vibe with the big, multicolored ones? Do you want them to blink?

Our new LightShow LED brand features bulbs that change color, shoot stars or strobe. They’re perfect for setting to music. LED lights are a great energy-saving option themselves, and the prices have dropped over the years.

Next up is yard décor. In addition to the predictable Santa and reindeer, the Star Wars Yoda is actually a top seller that’s expected to sell out. (He is rather cute with his little lightsaber.) The LightShow sparkle peacock and animated tinsel dinosaur are also flying off the shelves.

Finally, the pièce de résistance is the artificial Christmas tree. Stop in or visit online soon–the largest trees go fast!












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