The holiday season is upon us, so it’s time to get ready for the festivities. Deck the halls with boughs of holly—or at least string the eco-friendly solar lights on the tree outside so the neighbors can see you’re not a humbug.
Here are a few great ideas to help you prepare for the most wonderful time of the year.
Keep Christmas Trees Fresh and Green
The smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree infuses a home with holiday spirit, and the beauty of a real tree still cannot be matched by artificial trees. Unfortunately, a fresh tree can require daily watering or it will dry out quickly inside a heated home.
With just one application, a new product called Christmas Vacation will keep a Christmas tree fresh throughout the holiday season. Simply mix one 8-oz. bottle of Christmas Vacation with one gallon of water and pour the solution into the tree stand reservoir. Once the solution is absorbed through the trunk, Christmas Vacation will keep the tree green with less needle drop for up to three to four weeks. (Christmas Vacation can also be used on poinsettias and other potted plants.) An 8-ounce bottle of vacation sells for about $14 at garden centers, hardware stores or online at www.naturehills.com.
Holiday Lighting Goes Solar
Light up the yard at night! Great for Holiday decorating and year-round nighttime accents, the LED Solar Light Strand offers attractive illumination without the hassle of electric cords. Not only will you save on your electric bill, but LED Solar Light Strands give you lots of design flexibility. Powered by free sunlight, the LED Solar Light Strand includes 100 bright green, blue, red and yellow LEDS.
Use these solar lights for a festive look during the holiday season. Choose from normal illumination or six additional blinking settings. The lights will stay lit for 8 to 12 hours, depending upon daytime sunlight conditions. (The small solar panel charges two Ni-MH AA rechargeable batteries, which are included.)
Light Up Winter Nights
Light up the night with power from the sun! The Winter Mint Solar Tea Lantern accent light makes a great hostess gift—or buy it for yourself for Christmas decorating. This solar-powered light is perfect for the porch, patio or backyard. The hand-blown Winter Mint glass lantern has a steel hanging handle, so it can be hung up high or placed conveniently on a table top. The hanging handle is molded right into the housing compartment along with a built in solar light sensor, a rechargeable coin cell battery and a warm-white LED light. Use several of these “Winter Mint” Solar Tea Lanterns to transform your porch or patio into a festive and magical space.