The holidays are over now and it’s almost time to start taking down those decorations and saving them for next year. Taking some time to properly store your LED Christmas lights and other decorations this year can save you a giant headache next year. Here are some tips and tricks that we’ve found over the years to help you store your decorations.
The American tradition of decorating evergreen trees, homes, and landscapes, with brightly lit Christmas lights is not as old as many people think. Most of us probably assume that Americans have always used Christmas lights, in one form or another, but this isn’t exactly true. As it turns out, this American tradition has only been around for about 60 years, but the development of the tradition has a story and history that began centuries ago.
Finding strands of Christmas lights that won’t light up can be one of the most frustrating parts of decorating for the holidays. If you have a strand of LED lights that you just can’t get working again, the problem might be with the fuse. Here are 7 quick and easy steps to replacing the fuses in your LED lights and getting your holiday decorating back on track.
It’s 80 degrees on a beautiful day in July as this blog is being written. A clear blue sky is streaked by a few wispy clouds; trees are decked in green foliage; the flowers are blooming in a riot of colors. Why in the world would I be planning Christmas lights today? There are several reasons:
Decorating with lights for Christmas, has expanded far beyond the family Christmas tree in the living room. The displays range from the truly sloppy and tacky, to absolute beautiful works of art. It is really a lot of fun to pack the family in the car, and drive around your community to look at the holiday displays…the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Christmas with Furry Friends
You may have seen it at your own home, or a friend’s, or just pictured it happening: the beautiful Christmas tree adorned with several hundred lights and decorations wiggles, and jiggles, and finally topples over with a crash as Arthur the cat climbs to capture the star. Or you may have memories of little Pepe, your Chihuahua, posing for a picture among the mini lights, but later you caught him drinking water from the tree stand, resulting in a clean-up in the “Christmas aisle.”
Remember those riddles from math class?
“What digit is the most frequent between the numbers 1 and 1,000 (inclusive)? Don’t solve this riddle by doing all of the math; rather try to figure out a pattern.”
“A merchant can place 8 large boxes or 10 small boxes into a carton for shipping. In one shipment, he sent a total of 96 boxes. If there are more large boxes than small boxes, how many cartons did he ship?”
And there are also math tricks. “Think of any number. Double the number. Add 9 to the result. Subtract 3 from that. Divide by 2. Subtract that number from the first number you started with. Your answer is 3.” (Really, it is 3.)
“I love the twinkling lights, the cookies, and the carols.”
“I love getting together with family, and all the decorations and lights.”
“I love the magic of Christmas.”
Most people say that the beautiful lights are one their favorite things about the holiday season. Christmas lights—indoors and out—make this time of year magical. Most families and many businesses have a tradition of decorating with lights. Many families also have a tradition of driving to specific neighborhoods to see holiday light displays. Capturing visual memories of the lights with a camera (digital or film) can be tricky, but it’s not too hard to learn the basics so your photos of Christmas lights will be spectacular. You’ll just need to learn about when to shoot, what to shoot, and how to set your camera for both the basics and some special effects.
“Doing nothing is respectable at tea.” —Saying quoted in Sasaki Sanmi, Sadô Sajiki
The holiday pre-season is here—the perfect time to pause for tea, and “do nothing” for a short while. Many individuals plan an annual holiday tea party with friends before the rush of the season takes over. A number of restaurants and inns offer holiday tea time once a week during the busy season. Whether you’re an individual that loves the tea tradition or the owner of a restaurant, this could become a favorite event to host. You simply need to choose a theme, know your teas, select edibles, and decorate for the event.