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Admit it: You're dying to break into the box of Christmas decorations in the attic. After all, Christmas is mere months away. But how are you supposed to spread holiday cheer in July without looking crazy?

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Answer: the 2015 Christmas Expo, coming to the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth July 16-18.

Now in its 12th year, the Christmas Expo brings the best of what's next in holiday decor to one place where you can get more twinkles and sparkles than you can likely even handle. The three-day event offers workshops in light and music synchronization, DIY yard art, powering a display and more. And Saturday, Santa will even be on-site for pictures.

We spoke with Joyce Perhac, who founded the Christmas Expo with her sister Janice Blasko, to hear about some of the brightest trends coming this Christmas. 

  • Weather-proof lights: One of Perhac's vendors just invented light bulbs that are waterproof and break-proof. "You can actually stand on his lights, or they can be outside in a tornado and not incur any damage," she said.
  • Projection mapping: Christmas Expo will have a workshop on projection mapping, which is essentially the display of video on the exterior of a building. Musicians do itartists do it, I've even seen a church do it. And Perhac believes that eventually residents will begin running projection mapping on their homes.
  • Pixel lights: That's where light bulb technology is moving, Perhac said. Pixel lights are more energy efficient and offer more colors, perhaps even beyond just one solid color per bulb, she said.
Christmas Expo

Tickets to the Christmas Expo come in two tiers. Attendees can pay $8 per day for access to the main exhibit hall, which includes two free workshops daily. If you're a super Christmas nerd and want access to the full schedule of classes and events, tickets cost $70 a day or $175 for all three days. For more information, visit the Christmas Expo website.

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