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Just Don't Let Rudolph Damage Your Roof

Rachael Murphy, Writer
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Because homeowners are spending more time at home this year, many got an early start on their outdoor holiday displays.

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And with good reason: Experts say people who decorate earlier are happier. As psychologist Deborah Serani told Today.com, “Christmas decorating will spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone” — something we could all use a little more of right now.

Whether you’re into festive blue twinkle lights along the roofline or a life-sized inflatable Santa Claus by the chimney, here are some of the most popular ways to decorate outside for Christmas 2020.

I’ll Have a Blue Christmas

When decorating outdoors, choose a color scheme to keep things uniform. Reds and greens are common, but Classic Blue, Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, is right on trend this holiday season. Options are limitless, but LED snowflakes and animated light show trees are two popular choices that will help show your holiday spirit.

Metallics, especially gold and silver, complement Classic Blue nicely. You could mix and match blue lights and metallic ornaments along with garlands wrapped around outdoor posts and hung above exterior windows and doors.

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Merry and Bright

Looking a twist on traditional string lights? Consider cascading icicle lights and lighted Christmas balls, which can be hung in trees for a cozy touch.

And you can’t go wrong with the classics such as gingerbread people and nutcrackers. Life-size nutcrackers are popular with many homeowners this year, as are DIY gingerbread man and candy decorations for the front yard.

Decorative laser projectors are another creative way to decorate — and best of all, they’re easy. Fun, cheerful designs like snowflakes or red and green dots can turn your home into the envy of the neighborhood.

Adding a small Christmas tree on top of your roof is sure to make others smile during a year that’s been anything but normal — especially if you have a large front window where you can display your indoor tree and place the smaller tree on your roof directly above.

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Up on the Housetop

When putting up outdoor lights or other decorations, use a strong, sturdy ladder to access your roof. Walking on your roof too frequently can cause it to weaken and damage the roofing material. Make sure to have someone hold the latter and spot you as you move up and down the ladder. (Don’t want to end up like Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation!)

The safest alternative is to use lighting clips on gutters and eaves for an easier, less intrusive installation.

Also, don’t overload your roof with too many big, heavy decorations. As Modernize.com points out, “The roof may not be reinforced with the proper weight-bearing structures.” The damage caused by that make-the-neighbors-jealous sleigh may not be noticeable at first but could cause you to need a full roof replacement later on.

Inflatable Santas, snowflakes and snow people can be a lightweight way to be festive without hurting your roofing shingles. Just be sure to properly secure all inflatable decorations to your roof using items such as bungee cords and sandbags. Otherwise, Mrs. Claus could go flying off like Rudolph and his friends, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen!