The Secret Life of Melanie O.
Monday, December 07, 2009
Exterior illumination

It's that time of year again. Time for festive decor, including mood lighting. This includes the outside of our house as well as the interior.

Dan and I have an agreement - I can decorate the inside of the house, and he has reign over the outside of the house. This weekend, we both worked on setting up the exterior lights, including decorating the patio where we have Christmas dinner. The patio is considered to be shared territory, so we both work on that one.

We're getting reputations as the Aussie Griswolds. Our next door neighbor teases us about our electricity bill (which with the new LED lights isn't that much higher than normal.)  The only problem? It's summer time here, which means it's not really dark until 8:30 or 9:00 pm. The strings of lights and plastic ornamental items get bleached and brittle in the hot sun. I can understand why exterior lighting isn't as big a thing here as it is in the northern hemisphere. But it's just not the festive season without them.

Growing up, we never had lights on the outside of the house, and in Australia, my husband says it just wasn't the thing to do. In recent years, however, we've seen more and more outside lights and we're having a ball joining in! I bet in a few years, we see outdoor lighting tempered for the Australian summer.

I can't wait!


posted by Melanie O. at 10:16 AM -
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Name: Melanie O.
Home: Durham, North Carolina, United States
About Me: Female, American health and beauty-conscious professional who has rekindled a childhood love of dolls.
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