If there is one silver lining to this year’s shelter-in-place demands, it’s that more of us have been focusing on making our homes truly our palaces. We’ve cleaned out closets, organized garages, planted gardens and taken up hobbies. Sourdough bread baking, anyone?

So as the holidays approach, it’s not surprising that many of us are thinking about decorating. Whether it’s for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Las Posadas, we can all make our houses festive retreats.

Thanks to the internet, planning holiday décor is easier than ever. You can shop from the safety of home, and enjoy delivery or curbside pick-up. You can also surf for ideas from the professionals straight from the web. And should you decide to enlist some help decorating your home’s outside from the pros, no one is judging that, either.

The team at the family-owned Christmas Light Pros of San Francisco, for example, has been installing custom, exterior lighting fantasies for residential clients since 2006, all across the Bay Area. Large installations like giant LED-draped Christmas trees are better left to the experts, but founders Mark McGinty and Anne Dijamco also offer trendy ideas that people can do themselves, such as the very popular glowing balls hung from trees. You can buy these glowing orbs at home décor stores all around the Bay Area, or even make your own with chicken wire and LED lights.

San Francisco’s Fantastico has been a prime shop for purchasing holiday décor of all kinds, either at the 21,000-square-foot retail store at 6th Street between Bryant and Brannan streets or online. Sadly, owner Mike Ferro announced this spring that coronavirus, neighborhood construction and road closures were forcing the store’s closure, but…


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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