What People Dislike Most About Holiday Home Decor

The dreaded tangled ball of lights

Tis’ the season to be jolly as the old yule tide goes, but it’s also a season for frustration with home holiday decorations. As I made my 20th trek to the basement this weekend to bring up even more Christmas decorations, I found myself getting annoyed with the whole process. I can’t be the only one who feels this way so this week I set out on an impromptu survey through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to find out what is the one thing people dislike most about decorating their home for the holidays.

What I found is not everyone is a Clark W. Griswold when it comes to decorating their home. Some said untangling lights was their least favorite aspect while others pontificated about having to deal with needles, sap and the labors of getting a real tree. But the number one response by quite a large margin was taking down the decorations. People found putting the decorations up to be enjoyable and even a holiday “event.” Taking them down, however, was a task that people dreaded the most.

Maybe there’s an underlying feeling that taking down holiday decorations means the return of the holidays are so far away and that brings a little sadness into the home? Yeah, but it’s probably just that people are annoyed with all the work that has to be done repackage and organize the decorations for storing.

For me, putting decorations away isn’t enjoyable, but there’s something much worse. Have you ever had to replace lights that went out on a pre-lit Christmas tree that are basically welded to the wires in the branches? In a word, brutal. And it seems like I have to replace those lights every single year. This task always reminds me of a quote from American author & poet Maya Angelou who once said, “I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

Never were truer words spoken.

So before December comes and we engulf ourselves in merriment and joy, feel free to insert a little Festivus’ airing of grievances into this final day of November and share what’s you dislike most about home holiday decorating in the comments.


Photo courtesy of Flickr user Son of Groucho

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Coldwell Banker Holiday TV Spot – Crowded House

If you haven’t noticed, the holidays are upon us. In years past, Coldwell Banker has done some unique holiday related advertising. Last year, we created a billboard in Times Square that featured agents and locations with holiday themed names.

This year we partnered with NBC to not only create a holiday themed TV spot, but also advertise on some of the most notable holiday programs. This week, we launch our holiday themed ad which we call “Crowded House.” Our recent survey of consumers showed that 40% of people have more than 15 people living under one roof during the holiday season! As you’ll see in the video below, we played off that concept in what we think is a relatable TV commercial.

In addition, this new ad will be running on the marquee holiday programs on NBC including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting  as well as other holiday related programs throughout the  upcoming weeks.

As we reference in an earlier blog post, the holidays bring out a new appreciation for home and it plays a larger role in the memories and the enjoyment of the holiday season. From our home to yours we hope you have a happy holiday season.

Take a look at our holiday ad below and be on the lookout for it this week on NBC.

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Truly There is No Place Like Home for the Holidays

No place like home for the holidays

The old holiday tune There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays is a classic melody, but to many of us the lyrics are more than just a catchy song. While many associate this holiday classic with Christmas, if you look at the words it’s actually more applicable to Thanksgiving. But in any case it was the thought behind this song that got us a Coldwell Banker Real Estate to think about just how much a home truly means during the holidays.

If you talk to anyone about their holiday plans, I guarantee the vast majority of people will be going to someone’s “house.” When you think about holiday memories of years past, is it the presents or meals that you recall or is it more about the times you had with family and friends while gathered around a table in someone’s home. For me, it was always about going to grandma’s house. Didn’t matter what holiday it was, we were headed to one of my grandmother’s house to be stuffed until we could eat no more and then hear Grandma ask “Why?” when we would tell her we couldn’t eat any more.

Now with a family of my own, my wife and I enjoy creating our own holiday traditions. Because my wife is such a great cook/baker/dessert maker extraordinaire, they usually involve food. For Thanksgiving, my wife makes a pumpkin cheesecake and a mean chocolate pecan pie while our home is decorated in pumpkins and cornucopias. For Christmas, we’ve started the tradition of gathering in the living room around the tree to open presents before breakfast and then feasting on pumpkin scones and homemade Orange Julius drinks (if you don’t know what those are, click here).

Almost everyone has some kind of holiday tradition and I’m willing to bet it involves being at someone’s home. To take this concept of home for the holidays a bit further, we surveyed consumers to get an idea of how much their home impacts their holiday festivities. What we found is that nearly 40% of those surveyed had more than 15 people staying under one roof during the holidays! I can actually relate to that as my wife has 3 siblings and in total there will be 11 grand kids, 8 parents and 2 grandparents under one roof this Christmas. Sure it’s chaos, but they’re good times as well.

We also found that there are a lot of liars out there as 77% of respondents claimed to have never tried to snoop around for presents before Christmas. Come on! Really?

Click here to read the full results of our home for the holidays survey, but you’ll also want to take a look at the video below where we interviewed consumers on the streets of New York to find out some of their favorite holiday traditions at home. Share your favorite holiday traditions at home in the comments!

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