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Outdoor Christmas decorations in Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Outdoor Christmas decorations in Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Click the photo for a larger view.

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Holidays are a wonderful excuse to showcase the architectural features of your home. Strings of lights and other outdoor Christmas decorations let you highlight the details you love most. With imagination, you can also transform your house into something exciting and new. The trick? Choose a focal point, limit your colors, and go easy on lights that flicker and blink.

The owner of this two-story home in South Africa selected solid white Christmas lights for most details. Green, red, and blue Christmas lights add highlights.

1. A subtle band of red and green Christmas lights defines the shape of the roof. This approach of outlining the architecture is also a common practice in large, commercial buildings, like the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, CA.

2. It used to be real icicles hanging overhead! Now, white icicle lights illuminate the eaves.

3. Windows provide a great opportunity for decoration, both outside and inside. Narrow strings of white lights accent many of the window muntins.

4. At the center gable, green Christmas lights transform a conventional rectangular window into the illusion of a grand, classical Palladian window.

Before the 19th century invention of the electric light, people used candles to illuminate and decorate their houses - and what a fire hazard that would be! Learn more about the History of Electric Christmas Tree Lights, and Happy Holidays!

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