Christmastime in Battle Creek is a wonderful experience. The city has what is known as, "The International Festival of Lights". At the completion of the Christmas parade, held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, a switch is flipped and the downtown area is bathed in glorious Christmas colors. In past years, before the recession, the light displays were spectacular. The last couple of years haven't been quite as phenomenal, but it still puts me in a Christmas mood when I see them.
The street we live on does a nice job with outdoor decorations. You will see everything from classic lights on the roof line, to icicle lights, to Santa on the roof and a blow up Snoopy Snow Globe. I like to decorate with white lights only, my husband likes the multi-colored ones. (opposites attract!) I, or I should say my husband, decorate the bushes in the front of the house and then the roof line. Wreaths are placed with garland on the front windows. The front door is draped in lighted garland and 2 topiary trees welcome holiday visitors. When we had a light post out front, it was decorated with red ribbon to look like a candy cane. The Christmas Tree in the center of the front window completes the look. Oh and what color lights are we using this year? White, of course.