I do my home decorating gradually, just like the increasing light on the Advent wreath.
This past Saturday I hung wreaths and an unlit deck garland. I have one wild cedar covered in blue lights and a large star lighted. That’s it.
This Saturday I will light a second wild cedar with blue lights and illuminate the deck garland with blue lights.
At Gaudete I will add blue icicle lights (haven’t found rose ones—yet) and light a third tree with rose lights.
At Advent 4 a fourth outdoor tree will receive blue lights. Plus by then I will have finished adding lights in varying colors to about two dozen more trees.
Wow! What a sight that must be.
I agree with you on gradually doing things. I know for our five children it worked to go out and get the tree from a tree farm on a weekend. We stuck it in a bucket of water in our carport and put it up the next weekend with the outside lights on the front of our house.
We put the lights on the tree and only lit them to test them, then turned off the lights and didn’t turn them on until Christmas eve. Then the tree stayed illumined through the Epiphany.