After putting away the pumpkins and the leaves fall off the trees, it’s time to move into the next season filled with lights! People decorate for the holidays both inside and outside of their homes typically starting after Thanksgiving.

Christmas Trees – Real vs. Artificial? Most people have this conversation around this time of year, and if you prefer the first there are plenty of locations near Parkside to get a live evergreen to set up in your house for decoration. The most popular is Linden Hill Christmas Tree Farm, located in Upper Marlboro which sells trees up to 11 feet tall! This family owned farm has 170 fresh cut trees and is open every weekend…until there are no trees left.

Decorate your tree by stringing lights, adding ornaments, or even try making your own using dough, buttons, or crystals. The easiest and most memorable are what the little ones create out of photographs, glue, and glitter. Hang them on the tree for many years to come, it’s like a holiday time capsule for them to see their creations years later. Popcorn garland is a fun idea as well!

A lot of houses in Parkside Westphalia have fireplaces, and what goes along with Holiday and Fireplaces? Stockings. String store-bought or handmade stockings across the fireplace and over the mantle for each family member.

Don’t forget the wreath! A wreath is always a nice way to welcome the celebration of the holiday. Inside or outside, wreath decorations are always pretty.

Hang lights! Hang lights inside and outside. Lights are so festive and fun during this time of year. If you’re going for outside lights, just remember these tips:

“Use a good ladder when installing your lights. Secure them with insulated holders (never use tacks or nails). Don’t install your lights on trees that come in contact with power lines. Before installing your Christmas lights, plug them in to make sure all of your bulbs are working. Make sure to turn your lights off when you leave or go to bed at night.” – DIY Network

We are excited to see Parkside decorate for the Holidays!

This post was contributed by Parkside Westphalia homeowner, Yana B of StyleStamped. If you have ideas for future blog posts or have community information to share, please contact Yana B