Decorated Family Lights Up the Lives and the Homes of Military Families

This holiday season, Christmas Decor will be bringing a little extra holiday spirit into the homes of military families for the sixth annual Decorated Family Program.

With more than 100,000 American men and women deployed overseas this holiday season, families across the nation are facing the challenge of preparing for the holidays without their loved one. For all that those deployed do for our country; Christmas Decor is giving a little back to the families of these brave men and women.

Christmas Decor, the nation’s leading professional holiday and event decorating franchise, began the Decorated Family Program in 2005 after a franchisee attended a holiday dinner party and began to consider all of the men and women overseas who will not be able to celebrate with those they love. The program, now in its sixth season, was created to thank our country’s soldiers for their dedication and support by decorating their family’s homes.

Each holiday, hundreds of Christmas Decor franchisees nationwide participate in this event by donating their products, resources and time to decorate the homes of military families as part of the Decorated Family Program.

“It is so rewarding to see how much happiness our decorations bring to these families. For all of the sacrifices their loved ones make for us to have a happy and safe holiday, they are so deserving of some extra holiday cheer,” said Blake Smith, President of Christmas Decor.

People can nominate deserving military families in their community by filling out the nomination form available on the Christmas Decor fan page on Facebook ( ). When the form is completed and submitted, it is automatically sent to Christmas Decor Corporate via This form allows people to explain why the family should become a “Christmas Decor Decorated Family.” Winners are awarded based on their location (to ensure there is a local franchise to provide the award) and the impact of their story on the judges. People can also post their Decorated Family stories on the Christmas Decor fan page on Facebook to enter a contest to receive a special prize. The lucky winning family will be the one with the most “like” votes on the Facebook page.

“It kind of brought the holidays here because before it was going to be a low-key Christmas,” said Kim Chapman of Phenix City, Ga., wife of deployed Serg. C.J. Chapman, a mechanic for the U.S. Army. “Military, they go, they do their thing. Sometimes they feel forgotten. This made C.J. feel so special. It was a great way to say ‘Thank you.'”

“It was probably one of the best Christmas presents I’ve ever had. It’s pretty much like a dream come true,” said Kim’s husband, Serg. C.J. Chapman, who was able to see his home decorated briefly upon his arrival home after a tour overseas before having to return to Fort Worth, Ga. for reintegration classes.

The gratification is often two-fold. Auburn-based Christmas Decor franchisee Barry Jowers expressed his thoughts on decorating the Chapman’s home for the holidays, saying, “It’s really humbling to see how appreciative someone can be like that. I got a lot of out of it. Just seeing how happy she (Kim Chapman) was, it makes me tear up.”

With nearly 300 locations, Christmas Decor, Inc. is now the largest professional holiday and event decorating franchise. The company offers a complete decorating service program including display design, installation, maintenance, and removal of holiday lighting and decorations. Now the franchise is in the enviable position of being able to give back to communities.

“These service members and their families are real life heroes,” said Smith. “We want to show our gratitude for all that they do for our country.”

The company is seeking to attract hundreds of nominations that result in decorating at least 200 homes for the 2010 holiday season. The deadline for nominations is November 11th, 2011. For more information about the Decorated Family Program please visit the company’s website, .

About Christmas Decor Since its inception in 1986, Christmas Decor has risen to become the premier holiday lighting and decorating company in North America. The Texas-based company was founded by Blake Smith as an off-season supplement to his landscape business and as a method to provide year-round work for employees. Christmas Decor quickly emerged as a viable business opportunity and today, operates in more than 350 markets in 48 states and Canada. Plans are underway to open locations in more than 100 new markets through franchise expansion in select communities around the country. Christmas Decor is highly revered in its field and has received consistent recognition for its efforts; some highlights include having been named one of a Top Ten Home Improvement Franchises for 2008 by Entrepreneur Magazine and AOL Small Business. Christmas Decor’s parent company, The Decor Group, also offers the Nite Time Decor franchise opportunity, a growing 30-unit concept specializing in architectural and landscape lighting services. For more information, visit .

SOURCE: Christmas D├ęcor, Inc.