Though Christmas is a holiday that is deeply rooted in tradition, you’ll also notice that with each passing year, there are some components of Christmas that continue to change. Christmas decorations, for example, consistently change over time. This is not only due to changing tastes among the general public, but also due to the introduction of new technologies.
Each year, you’ll find many different types of Christmas decorations ideas, but as time has gone on, many of the trends you’ll notice will revolve around the use of new LED lights. LED Christmas lights offer many different benefits (see below) and can often be purchased online for considerable discounts.
Though Christmas is still many months away, it is never too early to begin planning the types of decorations you hope to incorporate in your upcoming Christmas display. In this article, we will discuss 8 of the best Christmas decorating trends you’ll witness this holiday season. Whether you decide to include all, one, or none of these features in your personal decorating scheme, taking the time to discover these trends will help you stay in the decorating loop.
1. Continued Movement Towards LED Lights
The most notable change in the market for Christmas lights—at least over the last ten years—has been the broader movement towards using LED bulbs, rather than using the outdated fluorescent and incandescent alternatives. By comparison, LED lightbulbs last significantly longer and also use notably less energy, helping you save large amounts of money over time. As the Denver Post describes, “You can pay $13.65 a month to have colorful strands of Christmas lights outlining your home’s rooftop, or you can pay 22 cents.” Additionally, LED lights can generally look better and also have more special features.
2. Evergreen Features
In the midst of a broader “green” movement, it should come as no surprise that Christmas decorators all over the world have been finding new ways to incorporate evergreen features into their broader decorating schemes. Beyond the use of an evergreen Christmas tree, which represents eternal hope, interweaving living green plants with lights has become an increasingly popular option. Wreaths, outdoor pine trees, and special decorations are just a few of the ways you can literally bring your Christmas display to life.
3. Increased Use of Blue
Traditionally, the two most dominant Christmas colors have been green and red—if there is a third color incorporated into the display, this color is usually white. However, as we have seen both in the United States and elsewhere, blue has been making its name for itself in many different decorating schemes. Not only is blue great for families that have an interfaith holiday season (blue is the main color of Hanukkah), but it is also seen in angels, stars, ornaments, and other traditional Christmas holiday features.
4. Color Changing Lights
The introduction of LED lighting technology has helped make it easier—and more accessible—than ever before for even amateur decorators to create complex displays. Color changing lights can help you create a dazzling display that is sure to make your yard the talk of the entire neighborhood. While LED lights rely on a complex mix of red, green, and blue (RGB) bulbs, these three colors alone can be combined to create any color imaginable (even white). Naturally, more and more people are creating “live” Christmas displays, often accompanied by their favorite Christmas tunes.
5. Icicle Lights
Icicles, naturally, are associated with the wintertime and are also notoriously known for making people think about Christmas. An LED icicle light makes it easy to hang a few—or many—illuminated icicles from your roof to create a breathtaking display that has no risk of melting. The lights can be easily installed from almost any roof and various other surfaces (such as trees, decks, balconies, etc.). By making the choice to include an icicle light in your particular display, you can immediately give your display a little bit more character.
6. Adding Music to Christmas Light Displays
As suggested, the blending of music and Christmas lights has become increasingly popular. In addition to traditional tunes such as “Carol of the Bells”, many people now rely on hits from Disney’s “Frozen” and other popular films that are sure to please the masses. Adding music to your display is something that is surprisingly easy to do. In fact, many LED Christmas lights come with pre-set programs that make the incorporation of music even simpler than the physical hanging of the Christmas lights themselves.
7. Eco-Friendly Creativity
Purchasing LED Christmas lights, which require significantly less energy than traditional lights and also last for significantly longer periods of time, is one of the most important things you can do to reduce the carbon footprint of your display. But some people might want to take their commitment to being eco-friendly even further. Repurposing old Christmas decorations, rather than throwing them away, can help you stretch the total use of your lights even further. With platforms like Pinterest readily available, its easy to discover new ideas and ways to be more eco-friendly.
8. LED Character Silhouettes
LED character silhouettes enable decorators to install their favorite characters of the holiday season, while still maintaining an extremely professional look. Some of our holiday favorites, such as Santa Claus, Rudolph the Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman, come in pre-lit arrangements that are very easy to install. Other figures, such as traditional Dickens’ Christmas characters, can also make it easier to develop a specific theme for your LED lighting display.
As you can see, there are many different trends that are currently affecting the global market for Christmas decorations. Many of these trends are made possible by the introduction of LED Christmas lights, along with other revolutionary lighting technologies. If you are unsure where to begin the process of creating your display, be sure to take some time to speak with your go-to Christmas lighting professional.