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How to Store LED Christmas Lights

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. Continue reading How to Store LED Christmas Lights

Winter SolsticeTime to Push Back the Darkness

“I love the light for it shows me the way. Yet, I endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” —Og Mandino

Winter solstice marks the day with the shortest hours of light and the longest hours of darkness, and officially launches the season of winter. Many of us have already noticed the oppressive feeling of leaving for and returning from work without seeing the sun. Though winter is only just beginning, we’re already yearning for more daylight. There’s even a mood condition that affects some people in the winter, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), linked to the shortened hours of daylight. Yet this period of waiting for the light is nothing new. In many ancient cultures, the shortest day in winter was a day to gather and celebrate. It meant that the community could now begin watching for the increase of light. Continue reading Winter SolsticeTime to Push Back the Darkness

The History and Meaning of Christmas Lights in America

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. Continue reading The History and Meaning of Christmas Lights in America

Enlighten Students on the Festival of Lights

“Diwali,” “Hanukkah,” “Pasko,” “Kwanzaa,” “Santa Lucia,” “Loi Krathong.” What do all of these unusual words have in common? They are Festivals of Light from cultures around the world—each one using light to celebrate. This is the perfect time of year for children of all ages to learn how different cultures celebrate the Festival of Lights. Continue reading Enlighten Students on the Festival of Lights

Selecting the best bulb shape

Not many people study Christmas lights. Most people pull the lights out of the closet or attic sometime around Thanksgiving, hang them on the Christmas tree, or drape them over some bushes, and then take them down after New Years. If you are thinking about replacing those old incandescent lights this year with energy-efficient LED string lights you may be surprised at all the options available. There are differences between the options, and it is good to know a little about the choices available before you go shopping. Continue reading Selecting the best bulb shape

This Thanksgiving, Kindle the Growth of Gratitude

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”
— A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Thanksgiving is the time of year to ponder, “What am I thankful for?” But, rather than keeping it as a once-a-year exercise at the feast, gratitude is an attitude worth growing. Here’s why: Continue reading This Thanksgiving, Kindle the Growth of Gratitude

How to Change Fuses on LED Lights

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. Continue reading How to Change Fuses on LED Lights

How to Select the Best Lights for Your Indoor Christmas Tree

If you are like me, selecting the best Christmas lights for your tree is the least of your concerns. I am generally more concerned with making sure the tree doesn’t fall out of the stand, and that it is reasonably straight. However, there are a lot of choices on the market now for Christmas tree lights, and there are a few things you should consider when making your selection. Continue reading How to Select the Best Lights for Your Indoor Christmas Tree

Safe Halloween Decorating Strategies

Halloween is quickly becoming the most popular holiday for decorating. According to Sparky the fire dog, at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), decorations are the first things to ignite in over 1,000 home fires each year. Autumn and Halloween decorations seem especially vulnerable, due to the tinder-like quality of dried foliage and flowers, combined with the use of candlelight to cast spooky shadows and keep a dark and haunting feel to the holiday.  It is for these reasons that Fire Prevention Day are in the month of October (10/9). Continue reading Safe Halloween Decorating Strategies