Note from the hosts:  As I have jokingly mentioned (here >> “Building Moxie is Huge on the Internet”), our wee little blog seems to be growing.  And as it grows . . . so too does the number of link exchange requests and unsolicited content submissions.

We have even become a target for a small number of industry-related press releases. While I typically brush these aside, this one, sent on behalf of Simonton Windows, seems to have both topical and timely value.

And while I have zero experience with Simonton Windows, I feel it is only fair to include some general information about their company and their products . . . in this post.  (<< You know, because they just gave me an article for . . .  today!)

Thanks, and here’s the post.  Enjoy. jb


Santa’s not the only one with a naughty and nice list this year. The experts at Simonton Windows® have provided a list of do’s and don’ts for holiday window decorating.

holiday window decorating :: low voltage holiday candle wired in a window

Santa’s Simonton Elves got together to recommend the following naughty list for windows during the holiday season:

  • Never put nails or screws in a vinyl window frame to hold up decorative lights or holiday wreathes. Also, do not glue, staple or tape lights to a window frame.
  • Do not place lit candles on a window sill, nor the edge or sash.
  • Never decorate windows with anything that could impede opening your windows quickly, in case you need to use the window as an escape route during an emergency. For example, don’t wrap garland ropes or artificial pine branches around the window hardware.
  • Do not place real pine branches or cones on the window frames or sill. Fresh pine sap can leave nasty stains after the holiday season is over. Realistic, artificial pine is usually available at craft stores around the holidays.
  • Although tempting, do not spray fake snow from aerosol cans on your windows. The snow residue can be hard to remove after the holidays and can hamper the operation of your window if it sticks into the sash or hardware.

The nice list of ways windows can be highlighted during the holidays include:

  • Affix suction cups on the window glass to hang glass ornaments, plastic snowflakes or glass icicles so that light can come through the windows to enhance the decorations.
  • Hang small wreaths on the inside of a double or single hung window by using suction cups with hooks. Clear fishing line to loop the wreath gently over the window hardware.
  • Swags of garland or evergreen wreaths outside the home may be put up best by affixing to the siding of the house and not to windows themselves.
  • Bay and bow windows are the ideal location position a Christmas tree for maximum viewing, from both the interior and the exterior of the home.
  • Make your curtain rods work during the holidays. Remove the curtains and hang ornaments from the existing rods on different lengths of fishing line or colorful curling ribbon.
  • (BMoxie editors’ pick) No curtain rods? Just add some inexpensive tension curtain rods to the top or middle section of your windows. Hang decorations from the rods with fishing line or garland. Decorate the rods themselves with holiday ribbon or fabric.
  • Encourage children to help decorate the windows with static cling holiday window stickers. The peel-and-stick temporary decorations are ideal for putting your home in the holiday spirit.


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Founded in 1946, Simonton‘s hallmark has been to deliver its made-to-order products in five days or less. Part of the home and security business of Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE: FO), Simonton delivers award-recognized products nationwide to key markets throughout the 48 continental United States. Simonton is a founding sponsor of The Weather Museum and a supporter of Homes for Our Troops. For information, call (800) SIMONTON (1-800-746-6686) or visit www.simonton.com.

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