Whether you decide to do the Christmas decorating by yourself or hire a professional, first you have to visualize what it is you want before being able to transform your vision into reality. If you do not have the time or necessary abilities to take on the decorating yourself, hire a professional. This option should be taken into consideration especially when it comes to exterior decorations that will include stairs and dangerous heights.
Think of decorations that will apply during both the night (lights) and day (wreaths, garlands, ribbons) - that way you can demonstrate your holiday spirit throughout the whole day.
Before deciding what part of your property you would like to decorate, find out if you have an outlet nearby and available. For exterior lighting, do not run an extension cord for more than 100 feet from the outlet to your lighting starting point (the extension cord has to be 14 gauges or more).