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10 festive outdoor holiday decorations that’ll brighten up your yard

If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit and want to share some of that cheer with passersby, check out some of the outdoor decorations below to take the homework out of a fun tradition.

Below are 10 great outdoor decorations to get you — and, by extension, your neighborhood — into the holiday spirit:




1.Falling meteor shower or icicle lights

BlueFire Meteor Shower/Icicle Lights, available on Amazon, $30.99

These falling waterproof lights have super bright LED chips and 360-degree shining angles so they appear brighter. Use them to decorate for weddings, parties, and the holidays.

2.Big outdoor LED snowflakes

Kringle Traditions 36-Inch LED Folding Twinkle Snowflakes, available at Amazon, $59.99

These big hanging snowflakes have 105 cool white LED lights and durable polyproylene frames. They snap open for display and fold flat for easy storage.

3.A giant cheery Santa Claus holding a gift box

84-Inch Fuzzy Tinsel Santa with Gift Box, available at The Home Depot, $1998

This 84-inch Santa Claus is illuminated by 400 clear LED lights and has a sturdy metal frame and weather-resistant fabric. You can also get it delivered for free.




4.Waterproof outdoor string lights

Ilikable 164-Foot Outdoor String Lights, $48.99

These 164-foot string lights have 2,000 LED lights to make the exterior of your home look brighter and warmer. They have eight different light patterns which can be controll by a button on the plug.

5.A small gift box covered in LED lights that automatically opens

Later M Gift Box, available at Amazon, $68.21

This 12-inch gift box opens and closes to reveal a peeping Santa inside. The steel bar frames and stake help it remain sturdy even in the face of bold winds.

6.Pathway markers that look like candy canes

Prextext Christmas Candy Cane Pathway Markers, Set of 10, available at Amazon, $51.95

Nothing says Christmas like 10 glowing candy canes leading you to the front door. These come in sets of 10, are 22-inches tall, and have short stakes attached at the end for easy installation. Find a similar set from Wayfair here. If you’d rather walk home to candles, Wayfair has those too.




7.A light display of a genre-defying Santa Claus peeling out of your yard on a motorcycle

Wintergreen Lighting Outdoor Motorcycle Santa Decoration, available at Amazon, $319.99

If your home doesn’t have a 5.6-foot long Santa riding a motorcycle out of your yard, don’t consider yourself finished decorating. This one has a metal stand to firmly sit on the ground and a controller that lets you set the animated light display — including chasing rope light wheels that “turn” while santa peels out of your driveway.

8.An LED cone tree that you can control by remote

Outdoor White LED Cone Tree with Collapsible Base and Wireless Remote, available at Wayfair, $236.99

This cone tree has a remote control that operates its eight lighting modes, and it’ll work from a 20-foot distance.

9.A snowman family spreading wholesome cheer to the neighborhood 24/7

Cool Whie LED Acrylic Snowman Family, available at The Home Depot, $99

A 60-inch snowman family with 200 cool white LED lights is one of the easiest shortcuts to make your yard one of the happiest spots in the neighborhood.

10.A sleigh with Santa and his reindeer

Sleigh with Santa and Reindeer Rope Christmas LED display, available at Wayfair, $219.99

This rope LED light display shows Santa and his four reindeer loping around your lawn. It has metal frames and built-in, fold-out stands for support.

15 of the World’s Most Amazing Tree Houses Better Than Any Grand Palace

During most of our childhood, we dreamt of living on tree houses as an exciting way to escape our parents’ call for lunch.

But when we grew up, this developed into greater fantasies. We fancied of spending time with a significant other up on a tree house or relaxing on it in solitude.

Either way, this list of fairy tale-like tree houses around the world will rekindle our past daydreams. You might want to buy your plane tickets and fly to these countries after scrolling through each fascinating photo.

1. Three Storey Tree House in Canada

15 of the World's Most Amazing Tree Houses Better Than Any Grand Palace

This three-storey house up on a tree in British Columbia, Canada is the tallest one in the country. Its vintage and dwarf house design is everyone’s dream of getting into.

2. The Hemloft Tree House in Whistler, Canada

15 of the World's Most Amazing Tree Houses Better Than Any Grand Palace

Software developer Joel Allen decided to become a carpenter and fulfill his dream of building “something cool” at the age of 26. His tree house design is only a personal project, never expecting that it will be featured in international design magazines.


3. Minister’s Tree House in Tennessee, USA

15 of the World's Most Amazing Tree Houses Better Than Any Grand Palace

This extravagant tree house in Crossville is 100 feet tall. It is so far the tallest in the world and it was solely built out of reclaimed wood by landscaper Horace Burgess.




4. Eco-Friendly Finca Bellavista Treehouse in Costa Rica

15 of the World's Most Amazing Tree Houses Better Than Any Grand Palace

Finca Bellavista tree house community in Costa Rica includes this amazing two-storey house on a tree. At present, this self-sustainable and eco-friendly community takes up more than 600 acres. Its parts are brilliantly connected by suspension bridges.

5. Nasu Tea Tree House in Japan

15 of the World's Most Amazing Tree Houses Better Than Any Grand Palace

Japanese designer Takashi Kobayashi crafted this house to “break down the feeling of separation that exists between humans and nature.”

6. Mirror Tree House in Sweden

15 of the World's Most Amazing Tree Houses Better Than Any Grand Palace

This house on trees in the North of Sweden is almost invisible with its entirely mirrored walls. Tham and Videgard designed it as part of the Tree Hotel project. It may look cool, but birds find this invisible. You know what comes next then.

10 Of the Most Unusual Homes in the World

Moving into and setting up your new home is definitely one of the most exciting things – especially for those who never find enough outlets for their ideas and designs. Throughout history, people have gone from caves to huts to castles to blocks of flats – and nowadays, it seems like you can find an example of any house design possible. Some people are forced to get creative because of some physical restrictions – like small or unusual space – while others do so just because and end up creating unique home designs.

If you feel like you could use some inspiration for your future home design – or just like checking out the weird ideas some people have – this post is just for you! Would you choose to live in a former church or a renovated water tower? Or how about the smallest house in the world, or one that is the spitting image of the Flintstones’ cave? Check out our selection of the world’s unique homes below!!

1. Transparent House, Japan

Inspired by our ancient predecessors, who inhabited trees, this completely transparent “House NA” in Japan offers you a lot of day light, but not much privacy.

2. Skateboard House, USA

The Skateboard House allows you to skate on all the surfaces, both in and outdoors, and was planned to be built in Malibu.

3. World’s Slimmest House, Poland

The Keret House, inserted between two existing buildings, measures only from 92 to 152 centimeters in width!

4. Old Water Tower Turned Into Modern Home, Belgium

A 100-feet high water tower in Belgium used to serve as a Nazi hideout during the war, but was later transformed into a living space.

5. Dick Clark’s Flintstones Inspired Home, USA

This single story house in Malibu was inspired by the Flintstones family from the classic 60’s cartoon. Television legend Dick Clark has listed it for $3.5 million.

6. World’s Smallest 1sq Meter House, Germany

This portable DIY wooden structure measures only 1 square meter and is the world’s smallest house, moving around Germany.

7. Slide House, Japan

This three-story Slide house in Japan has a regular staircase on one side of the house, and a slide on the other, which allows you to slide all the down to the first floor.




8. Stone House,Portugal

Although it looks like a massive rock, this house in Portugal actually has a door, a chimney and a window, and has become a huge tourist attraction.

9. Church Converted Into Modern Family Home, Holland

Zecc Architecten repurposed and converted two abandoned churches located in Utrecht, Netherlands into stylish family residences.

10. Giant Seashell House, Mexico

Inspired by the work of Gaudi and Frank Lloyd Wright, a young family with two kids in Mexico City had a seashell-shaped house built for them.

Which one would you choose to live in?

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Wooden House in Switzerland – the Best Place for a Winter Holiday

The wooden villa “Chalet Les Anges” has been declared the best skiing accommodation by the World Ski Awards for the second consecutive year.

It is located in the ski center Zermat, in the part of Switzerland where German is spoken. There is a spectacular view of the most iconic peak in Europe, Matterhorn.

It has 3 floors, 7 bedrooms and a living room with open concept.

Feel the atmosphere:


World’s Best New Year’s Eve Parties

The first of January is a time to start over, to forget the old and relish the new, an opportunity to resolve to change (even if you never quite get there). Whether you’re hoping to shed excess pounds or kick a bad habit, before going cold turkey why not have one last fling? Plan your last hurrah in style, at one of the world’s most impressive New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Rio de Janeiro

Rio’s Copacabana Beach plays host each New Year’s Eve to Reveillon, the world’s largest and wildest New Year’s celebration. More than 2 million cariocas (Rio natives) congregate on the beach wearing stark white attire and filling a 2 1/2-mile stretch of sand. Blending African rituals and local culture, Brazilians pay homage to Iemanja, the goddess of the sea. In addition to the customary white garb, red (symbolizing romance), green (for good health), and yellow and gold (for prosperity) accessories highlight the landscape. Just be sure to leave your black attire at home: Brazilian lore considers it an evil omen. 





Orlando, Florida

Orlando’s theme parks ring in the New Year with flair. Disney’s Magical Kingdom is home to the Jingle Jungle Parade, while Epcot puts on the impressive light and laser show, ‘IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,’ presented just before midnight strikes. MGM Studios’ Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights puts on a “symphony of the senses,” as artificial snow begins to fall and thousands of lights twinkle amidst a backdrop of heavenly angels and spinning carousels. 

London

New Year’s Eve in London sees an abundance of activity centered around the Thames River. The towering London Eye, a gigantic Ferris wheel, draws thousands of visitors for a spin, while the midnight fireworks show is launched from the actual London Eye. People congregate on Tower, Westminster, London and Blackfriars bridges to witness the spectacles. If you can’t snag a spot near the water, watch the event on one of the big screens in Trafalgar and Parliament squares. The next afternoon partake in the magnificent New Year’s Day parade, which departs from Westminster, weaves in and out of the capital’s downtown, and finishes at Green Park.

Sydney

Sydney is home to the world’s second-largest New Year’s celebration (and first place in the world to ring in the new year, time-wise). It also happens to boast the world’s largest fireworks display: The display typically involves 6 barges along a 3 1/2-mile expanse of water, and the use of 30,000 pyrotechnic effects, for a lengthy 12 minutes. The show attracts a crowd upward of 1 million, with the famed Sydney Harbor, as well as the Sydney Harbor Bridge, the places to see. Also check out the illuminated boats that glide along the waterfront for the late-night Harbour of Light Parade, spanning a 9-mile route. If you need a rest from the urban center, check out Bondi Beach’s ultimate dance party. 

New York

Times Square’s inaugural New Year’s hullabaloo debuted in 1904 to celebrate the opening of The New York Times headquarters; today hundreds of thousands of people descend upon the city’s bustling axis each Dec. 31 to hold a party unlike any other in New York City. Since food and drink vendors are not permitted, pack a picnic to last you the day. Area restaurants are open, but the wait time can often be hours. As the sun sets, the famed New Year’s Eve Ball is hoisted to the top of One Times Square’s 77-foot flagpole, and makes its 60-second drop just before the stroke of midnight. 

Edinburgh, Scotland

Thousands of jubilant and, er, drunk, Scots — as well as scores of foreign visitors — crowd the streets of downtown Edinburgh for the annual Hogmanay (meaning “last day of the year”) celebration. World-renowned musical acts take stage all throughout the city center, as traditional ceilidh dancing brightens up the atmosphere of Princes Street Gardens. While the masses populate Princes Street, visitors in the know slip on up to Carlton Hill, downtown Edinburgh’s highest point, just before midnight, to watch the fireworks. The next day, the athletic can jog off their hangovers by joining the One O’clock Run down the Royal Mile, opt to freeze their behinds off by diving into the River Forth at the conclusion of the Loony Dook parade (a charity event), or take part in a dog-sledding competition.




Paris

Parisians definitely get New Year’s right: For a solid month, they exchange bises  (small, platonic kisses), greet each other with Bonne Annee! (Happy New Year!), and send cards and gifts through the first of February. On New Year’s Eve, Paris’ epicenter is the thriving Champs-Elysees, where visitors can glimpse the Eiffel Tower, as well as the bursts of light it emits, as midnight creeps over France. Trek up to the more relaxed Montmartre, a popular New Year’s spot for apartment soirees, or venture into nearby Pigalle, the red-light district and catch a cabaret at the racy Moulin Rouge. Or consider booking a table on a bateau-mouche (riverboat) dinner cruise along the Seine and enjoy a laid-back end to a long year.

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