It’s suddenly beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Washington.
Thanksgiving weekend marked the unofficial start of decorating, and, in the past week, tree lots and brilliantly (or, in some cases, blindingly) illuminated homes have popped up across the region.
The White House has been decked out with 37 Christmas trees and a 400-pound gingerbread house.
And last night, the Obamas joined celebs and hundreds of spectators for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.
If all the lights, sparkle and holiday Bos have you itching to start decorating your own home this weekend, here are a few tips to get you started.
Where to get a tree:
DCist offers a handy guide to finding trees in the DMV.
Check out local farmers markets such as the Dupont Farmers Market, Eastern Market and Arlington’s Farmers Market; home goods stores; garden centers like Garden District, Teresa’s and Frager’s Hardware; and farms in Warrenton, Chantilly and Brandywine.
How not to get electrocuted:
Here are a few safety tips:
— Make sure to use Christmas lights that are designated for outdoor use only. Same goes for extension cords.
— Avoid using the larger seven-volt light bulbs, which burn hotter than mini-lights and can cause house fires.
— Replace blown bulbs with new bulbs with the exact same wattage.
(For more safety tips, visit DoItYourself.com.)
Show off your holiday spirit: