Over a period of time,[clarification needed] strings of Christmas lights found their way into use in places other than Christmas trees. Soon, strings of lights adorned mantles and doorways inside homes, and ran along the rafters, roof lines, and porch railings of homes and businesses. In recent times, many city skyscrapers are decorated with long mostly-vertical strings of a common theme, and are activated simultaneously in Grand Illumination ceremonies.
Make your home merry and bright with Christmas decorations that sparkle and shine with the magical mood of the season. Hang your stockings with care along the mantel with rich fabrics from faux fur and velvet to traditional knit designs. Adorn your tree with ornaments ranging from glass balls to bottlebrush creatures and soft, felt reindeer and Santas. Add the finishing touch to your tree with a glorious topper and a soft tree skirt that keeps your floor neat and organized. Wreaths and garlands can be used on tabletops, fireplace mantels and doorways to ring in the spirit of the holiday.
Welcome to the snow tube — a 15-inch-long plastic cylinder with a light that travels the length of the tube. Hang it vertically and the effect is like a giant glowing snowflake falling, albeit it only "falls" 15 inches. You’ll need five to 10 tubes to get any visual traction. At $30 each, it's doubtful they'll take the place of those ubiquitous icicle lights, but we can hope
Give your yard a festive flourish with candy cane-shaped Christmas path lights or holiday Luminaria kits. Net lighting is another great outdoor choice: it works well in trees and bushes, comes in a variety of sizes and is easy to set up. To turn your yard into a winter wonderland, add an array of icicle lights across your eaves and awnings or use a Christmas laser light projector, like Star Shower, to project thousands of moving holiday shapes directly onto your home.