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Holiday and Christmas Decorating

"In recent years, a trend has developed among seasonal businesses (i.e. lawn and landscape companies) to keep themselves busy during the "off season" by offering holiday decorating services."

Experience the 'Magic of Christmas' Without the Headaches


(ARA) - There are many things that can spark the Christmas Spirit inside of us - the arrival of cold weather, the smell of cookies baking in the oven, the presence of family are all examples. But nothing seems to trigger the magical feelings of the holiday season quite like holiday decorations.

Wreaths, trees, Christmas lights and bows - their unveiling marks a home or business owner's unofficial, proactive pursuit of capturing and stimulating the Christmas Spirit. Holiday decorations create a warm, welcoming environment. If only you could skip straight to the enjoyment and avoid the tedious - and sometimes dangerous - task of designing, installing and maintaining your holiday decor. Good holiday lighting takes time, physical ability, design skills and knowledge of electrical capabilities - things that many of us do not have.

But wait! Your prayers have been answered. In recent years, a trend has developed among seasonal businesses (i.e. lawn and landscape companies) to keep themselves busy during the "off season" by offering holiday decorating services.

"Seasonal businesses have discovered this unique business niche that serves their needs, and closely relates to their normal business," says Blake Smith, president of Texas-based Christmas Decor, a holiday and event decorating franchiser. "There are many reasons why a person cannot do their own decorating - and a professionally-trained company can take the burden off of them."

Smith notes that there are a number of reasons why people choose to have their homes and businesses decorated by a professional company.

"Some people lack the physical ability or don't have the technical knowledge, but most simply don't have the time to do the type of first-class job they imagine," he added. "They want a great-looking finished product, whether it be for entertaining guests, an early gift for their family or to create a more 'welcoming' environment for customers in their business.They find that the best way to accomplish this is to contact a professional."

Safety is another major concern. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, 8,700 people per year are treated in emergency rooms for injuries, such as cuts, shock or falls, that are related to holiday lights, decorations and Christmas trees.

"The true players in this industry are bonded, trained professionals who know the hazards of the trade," Smith added. "They take preventive measures against accidents, such as safety training and using proper tools and procedures. But, even then, accidents happen occasionally, and the fact that they are bonded protects both them and the home or business owner."

Smith also recommends early planning.

"Whether you plan on installing your own decorations, or having it done, it's always better to make your arrangements early," he said. "Retail stores tend to get low on the popular products as the season hits, and professional installers usually start booking their installations in early October."

For more information on professional holiday and event decorating, contact your local provider, visit the Christmas Decor Web site at, or call (800) 687-9551 for a location near you. They have more than 350 franchises in 47 states and Canada.

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