This Christmas we actually put up lights!
Happy Holidays! So much has happened in the past year and this teeny tiny home has taken us on quite the journey. I’m happy to report that all is merry and bright on our 2nd Christmas in the Tiny House.
As you know, we try to be eco-friendly with our electrical use, so for our holiday lighting we purchased solar-powered LED strand lights. Usually I’m an “all-white-Christmas-light-kind-of-girl,” but Guillaume convinced me to step outside of my comfort zone with colorful lights. I’m actually really happy with how they came out. It somehow seems more festive to have colored lights.
We used five 20 foot strands of icicle lights to wrap around the eaves of the house and one 72 foot strand of fairy lights to decorate the porch, porch post and circle window. I wish I had a few more strands to wrap around all the windows and the dormers. I guess that will be the goal for next year!
We spent $115 on Christmas lights, which is more than I wanted to spend, but they work great. The tiny solar panels get enough sun to charge the LED strands, which turn on after sunset. They stay on for about 6-8 hours depending on the setting, which is enough time for me. We have some of the strands set to “blink” mode, which saves on battery and appears to make our home dance to Jingle Bell Rock.
As for the interior, I kept it simple. I used one strand of LED battery powered lights to create a tiny wall-mounted Christmas tree.
My mother decided to downsize her enormous Christmas decoration collection, so I grabbed a few ornaments and Santa Clauses to throw around the tiny house (thanks Mom). I’ll donate them after the holidays.
Below is a photo of my favorite item that I scored from my mom’s collection – ski bum Santa! It’s perfect decor for our tiny home, considering we are parked near a ski resort for the winter season.