This year, I had an itch to do something a little different, and our flat-roofed porch seemed to be the perfect place. We have this weird naked white Christmas tree that we bought 7 or 8 years ago. It's only 7 feet tall, so it's too short and fat to look right inside (we have 9 1/2 foot ceilings). There's 2502 lights on it (I just read the label on the box), which means that it's bright enough to be considered task lighting, IMO. A quick check of its UL label confirmed that it's rated for outdoor use ... now, how do I get it to stay up there?
Cinderblocks and rubber tie-down straps, of course. I put a cinderblock onto each leg of the tree stand to weight it down, and the rubber straps attach the tree to the gutters to keep it from tipping over in a stiff wind. It's so far over your head that none of this is visible from the ground. If it had been, I thought about wrapping the cinderblocks to look like presents.
Here's what it looks like at night:
See what I said about it being bright? It's probably visible from space.
(written by Hartwood Roses. Hartwood Roses blog)