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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Think Pink: LED Lights for Breast Cancer Awareness

September 28, 2016

“PinkWhiteHouseOctober” by Eric Draper – WhiteHouse.gov. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons. We all know that pink is the color for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink ribbons, inside and outside, on cupcakes, in your hair Pink lights wrapped around trees and in the branches The Gateway Arch in St. Louis turned pink Runners with […]

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Easy Halloween Decorating Ideas

September 18, 2016

When decorating for Halloween, there are a wealth of options to make your yard the most festive one on the block – from Lime Frost LEDs that can cast a glow over the creepiest graveyard, to Purple and Orange Icicle Lights that invite trick-or-treaters up your front door.

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Tips to Reduce the Environmental Impact of Your Halloween Celebration

September 16, 2016

Americans have many great holidays, and holiday traditions, including Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween. Many of us celebrate these holidays by decorating, having parties, giving gifts, and traveling to be with family members. Americans love our holiday celebrations, and they wouldn’t be the same without the long-standing accompanying traditions, like turkey on Thanksgiving, trick-or-treating on Halloween, […]

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