Valentine’s Ambience: Restaurant Decorating for the Big Night

January 6, 2017

The origins of Valentine’s Day have always been shrouded in romantic mystery. Whether St. Valentine himself had any romance in his life or not, at the end of the 5th century Pope Gelasius declared February 14 as Saint Valentine’s Day, and a melding of Christian idealized love with pagan traditions and fertility rites led to […]

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New Ideas for the New Year

December 29, 2016

New Things to Do on New Year’s If New Year’s Eve celebrations have grown a bit dull, incorporate some (or all) of these ideas from around the world to give your party new life:

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How to Store LED Christmas Lights

December 28, 2016

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 […]

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Winter SolsticeTime to Push Back the Darkness

December 22, 2016

“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 […]

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The History and Meaning of Christmas Lights in America

December 15, 2016

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 […]

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Enlighten Students on the Festival of Lights

December 8, 2016

“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.

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This Thanksgiving, Kindle the Growth of Gratitude

November 24, 2016

“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. […]

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How to Select the Best Lights for Your Indoor Christmas Tree

October 24, 2016

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 […]

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Safe Halloween Decorating Strategies

October 4, 2016

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. By making sure you have an Alarm for your house which can detect smoke (amongst other things, if […]

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Sensational Halloween Costumes with LED Lights

October 2, 2016

Sensational: [sen-sey–shuh-nl], adjective: producing or designed to produce a startling effect, strong reaction, intense interest, especially by exaggerated, superficial, or lurid elements extraordinarily good; conspicuously excellent; phenomenal (Webster’s Dictionary)

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