Summer is here and the Fourth of July is just days away. This is one of my favorite holidays! Family and friends gather together. The weather is nice (hopefully) and there are cook outs and marshmallows toasting for S’mores. There are parades and fireworks at night.

I just love having my whole family together and creating awesome memories. Summer can be a busy time for any family and getting ready for the Fourth of July can be put on the end of the ‘to do’ list. Not to worry, your friends here at Window Nation have put together some simple tips to get your house ready for some fun filled Fourth of July festivities.

  • Grab some inexpensive mini American flags to line your entry way with. They are a perfect pop of color and patriotism to start off Independence Day.

  • Hang red, white and blue swags in your windows for a patriotic punch you can see inside and outside of your home.

  • Hang a red white and blue inspired wreath on your front door for and inviting party look. This wreath can be as unique as you are from using painted clothes pins to beautiful flowers.

  • Either make or find some red, white and blue pin wheels for the outside and inside of your home. Pinwheels add a fun touch for any kids that might be at your party and they can take them home as souvenirs.

  • When preparing food for the Fourth of July pick red, white and blue colors. For example blueberries, strawberries and a vanilla yogurt dip.

  • Use cut out red, white and blue stars around your home for added color and fun

  • Just before the big day, swing by the store and pick up some red white and blue flowers to place around your home.

Simple little touches like these can really put your family and friends in a fun patriotic mood. Remember American flags, stars and anything red, white and blue will pretty much do it. Be creative, make it unique and do not stress out over it. Enjoy making new memories this Fourth of July!

Remember that if you need new windows, doors or siding Window Nation is your go to place. We want you to enjoy making new memories in your home year round. Contact us today for help with all your window, door or siding replacement issues. Enjoy a safe and fun filled Fourth of July!

The tradition of having candles lit in your window during the Holidays is different for each culture. They have different origins, different religious beliefs and different styles. It is common to display the lights in the windows now as a simple and elegant decoration to celebrate the Holiday season. The journey that this tradition took to America is interesting and probably told many different ways, depending on your ancestry. No matter where your family comes from or how they celebrate the holidays, the use of lights has become a tradition used by many to brighten up their home and make it feel festive for the holidays.

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The tradition of lighting candles in the windows of homes during Christmas was brought to America by the Irish.

image of holiday candle in the window of a maryland home

The tradition started when the English were persecuting the Irish. Ireland’s religion was suppressed. There were no churches allowed. Priests had to hide out in the wilderness in caves. The priests would sneak back into town during the night to have mass with fellow believers in their homes. Families hoped that a priest would visit them on Christmas to celebrate the Holy Mass of the savior's birth. When Christmas came, they would leave their doors unlocked and a candle burning in the window to let the priest know he was welcome in their home. They told the English authorities that they left the door unlocked and the candle lit to guide Mary and Joseph to their home and let them know they are welcome. The English thought nothing of this tradition.

The custom of the candle in the window has since lost its traditional meaning. The tradition was brought to America in the early nineteenth century. It has now become wide spread across thenation for many different reasons. They even have electric candles now to use in your windows. The reasons are different but the candle in the window is still a simple and beautiful way to light up your home and make it festive for the holiday season.

Adding holiday cheer to your home is always exciting this time of year. You can use your candles to direct family and friends to your home to share in new holiday traditions and memories. Enjoy this time of year and spread the holiday cheer and love through your windows and out into the world.