Sears: Holiday Decorating

I really like the Holiday season.  I enjoy how festive people are as well as the general cheer that people share.  I think it’s a lot of fun.  Speaking of Holidays, while my name is spelled Hollie versus Holly, I still get plenty of bad Christmas joke.  I enjoy integrating my name into every aspect of the Hollyday season…

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.

Deck the Halls with Bells of…me.

Happy Hollydays (You’ll notice I changed my twitter name to be more festive)!

Anyways now that I have created some slightly terrible and embarrassing puns, I will actually focus on what the blog post was about.

While Tim and I lived together last year, this is the first year we truly felt decorated.  Last year we picked out a tree, added a few lights and holiday themed things…this year we decided to create Holiday traditions.

Picking out a tree last year
Picking out a tree last year

Thanks to Sears I was given a 100 dollar gift card to buy decorations with.  I had planned to buy Holiday lights anyways, so this was perfect.  I like Holidays and themed events so our house gets decorated for everything…Christmas, Halloween…Thanksgiving.

Personally, I think a staple of decorating is icicle lights.  We had outdoor icicle lights last year and I hope we have them every year.

Sears icicle lights 1

With the giftcard we purchased about 50 dollars worth of icicle lights.  Due to internet safety, I’m not going to post photos of my house.  If you’re anything like me, you get frustrated when string lights go out. In the email SEARS sent us, they talked a lot about new DieHard LED lights and said we should try them out (so I used half my gift card on those!). The new DieHard LED holiday lights at Sears come with a 5 year warranty, stay cool to the touch and never flicker. If one light goes out, the others stay lit.

Inside we got a real tree.  Both of us grew up with real trees and we liked them.

We also got a couple of nice wreaths to add to our house.

Christmas Wreath

We already have a mini fake tree that I somehow accumulated in college (lord knows where…).  It has followed me around and we put in the window.  We added a lot of our favorite personal ornaments onto the tree.  Everyone in my immediate family knows how much I like penguins so each year I get a new penguin ornament.

Christmas Penguin Ornament

Christmas SUNY ornament

We wanted our real Christmas tree to be fancy.  We bought some blue glass balls (TWSS) and kept it simple.

If all else fails for Christmas, just decorate with your cat. 

christmas tree cat meme

Enough about me, here are some random fun Hollyday facts that Sears sent me to share:

  • 1 in 4 Americans will begin to deck the halls one month before the holiday.  (I normally would a week before but I needed to write this post).
  • 41 percent of Americans defined their signature design as “classic,” followed by “colorful” (37 percent) and “vintage” (12 percent). (I define mine as LOLZ)
  • More than half (58 percent) of participants felt the most essential decoration for the holidays was the Christmas tree.
  • Nearly 25 percent of Americans choose decorating as their favorite holiday activity, with listening to Christmas music and shopping as other favorites. (LOLZ chooses eating holiday cookies)

While I don’t have a giveaway Sears does.  Sears is hosting a contest where you can win a giftcard (to use at Sears or one of their sister stores).  Upload a photo of your house decorated for the Holidays to enter and you can enter every day.

o   Between 11/17-12/26, visit here and answer the poll questions.  Then upload a photo of your home decked out for the holidays for a chance to win Shop Your Way points

  • 60 people will instantly win $50 in Shop Your Way points—you can enter daily
  • 1 grand prize winner will win 1 million Shop Your Way points (which is redeemable as a giant giftcard!)

I think this might be my longest post yet!

Questions for you:

How do you decorate your house for the Holidays?