Best Decorated House for Christmas – FREE Printable Certificate!

One of my all-time FAVORITE things to do every year is drive around to see all of the Happy Homes in our neighborhood aglow with Christmas lights!  Isn’t it magical?

The Happy Buddy is crazy for Christmas lights this year!  Every time we come home at night and our house is lit up, he looks at it with a sparkle in his eye and goes, “Ahhhhhhhh!”  He is so full of wonderment – it makes me so happy.

A few years ago the Happy Hubby and I went for a walk around the neighborhood on Christmas Eve to pick out what we thought was the best decorated house.  The plan was to knock on the door of the house and give them a little certificate that a friend helped me create.

Little did we know the adventure we were going to have!

We picked our favorite house – a total Christmas Wonderland – and knocked on the door.  An older couple opened the door.  We told them how much we loved their house and thought it was the most amazingly decorated house we’d seen, and then handed them the award, along with a plate of Christmas treats.

The woman burst into tears!

The Happy Hubby and I were wondering if maybe we had done a not-so-magical thing for these people!  Were they mad at us for stopping by?

As it turned out, the couple had been decorating their house for about 30-something years.  The city we live in apparently used to have a huge Best Decorated House Contest every Christmas complete with a real, engraved plaque featuring the name and address of the winners.  The couple had won the contest many years in a row (they showed us their plaques – hanging on the wall right when you walked into the house).  The city had stopped doing the contest in recent years and so they had been sad not to receive any recognition.  So sad that they had contemplated not really decorating their house that year.

But the Happy Hubby’s and my little paper certificate had brought so much joy (even happy tears) to their Happy Home –  as it was an affirmation that their efforts had not gone unnoticed!  They were so encouraged. :-)

The couple immediately invited us in for hot chocolate, cookies, and a tour of their home.  They even proudly showed us the special warehouse that the husband had built in their backyard specifically for storing all of their Christmas decorations.

What a fun memory that was!  As the Happy Hubby and I walked home that night, we couldn’t help but marvel how God could take our little Best Decorated House Certificate and make it super meaningful for both recipients and us.

We are planning on doing it again this year!

And I hope you and your Happy Homes will, too, because I made a certificate for you to print and enjoy!  Click, scale image to the size you want, print, and then go on an adventure!  Jot down the Christmas Eve service information at your church on the back of the certificate!  You never know who you might bless!

Happy Best Decorated House Award-ing! :-)

3 thoughts on “Best Decorated House for Christmas – FREE Printable Certificate!

  1. A tip on the hat – as we Texans say for telling someone a compliment. You guys really made those couple’s day. I think it was a great idea for you to knock on their door and to let them know how much you like their decorating.
    Me and my hubby always drive around in our neighborhood at least two times to look at how houses and front yards are decorated for Christmas and we always enjoy talking to people about their decorations. People do like when their efforts are appreciated and it really doesn’t take much to stop, get out of the car and tell them what a good job they did.

    Same as your city, our housing edition has this contest of the best decorated home or block. It’s just weird, the people making those decisions always seem to choose the same house or block as the winners for years and years. Wondering if there are any relationships going on. ;)
    There are so many other really nice if not even nicer decorated homes that would deserve a honor, but I guess the jury just missed them by accident or didn’t have time enough to drive through all the streets here.

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