4 Ways to Detect and Replace Bad Bulbs on Your Christmas Lights

There’s nothing worse than realizing your Christmas lights are a bust. It’s that moment when you ceremoniously plug the string of lights into the wall, ready to add the finishing touch to your tinseled work of art, only to realize there’s a bad bulb. Talk about a letdown. Disappointment like that doesn’t belong in your holiday. Next time you experience a bad bulb, be prepared by following these few simple tips.

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Terrific Tree Tuesday: Indianapolis Circle of Lights

Today’s iconic Indianapolis Circle of Lights isn’t exactly a tree. At 242 feet tall, it makes the spruce in Rockefeller Center look like a seasonal lightweight in comparison.

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Get Ready for Post-Christmas Shopping

Christmas is over. You’ve consumed outrageous amounts of calories and find yourself sitting in the middle of a pile of wrapping paper, unable to move. Now what? Post-Christmas shopping deals may be just what you need to shake off the wrapping paper and get moving. You don’t have to be a hardcore shopping fanatic to take advantage of these Christmas items for sale. By knowing what you want and need, you can make the most of the deals on December 26th.

Heading back to the stores the day after Christmas doesn’t have to be about returning all the gifts you didn’t love. The best deals are on seasonal stuff you’ll need next year. Here are some of the best investments you can make on the day after Christmas. Continue reading “Get Ready for Post-Christmas Shopping”

Pre lit vs. Unlit: Compare & Contrast Artificial Trees

At the center of all the holiday festivities is your Christmas tree. Your tree is the focal point around which all the other holiday traditions revolve. It’s like the sun in your holiday solar system. So, choosing the right tree for your home is certainly an important decision. As you consider which artificial Christmas tree will be the perfect centerpiece to your holiday, consider the options of pre lit vs unlit varieties. There are advantages and disadvantages to consider with each, which will appeal to each person differently. If you’re still deciding between the two, the following pros and cons list will provide you with some important information to consider before making your final selection.

Pros and Cons of Unlit Christmas Trees

Let’s start with the most basic of the two – unlit Christmas trees.

Pro: Decorating Versatility

Pre-lit Christmas trees come with their own set of lights, so there’s no need to think about lighting layouts or white vs. multicolored lights. But if you have a knack for decorating, you may not want the lights to be pre-arranged. For those who aren’t gifted interior decorators, the elimination of decorating decisions could be seen as a major plus.  But for those who like a little creative license, unlit trees may be on their holiday wish list.

Con: More Work

Although decorating the tree can be a fun creative project, it does add more work to your hectic holiday to-do list. It seems simple to string lights around the tree, but there’s the risk of tangling wires, improper string lengths and the possibility that a few bulbs need replacing.

Pro: Customizing Light String Lengths

Christmas trees are so varied in shape and size that buyers often have a variety of light string lengths to choose from when purchasing this basic decorative item. Some people prefer to wrap lights twice around certain areas or leave the bottom half of the tree unlit. An unlit tree would give you the opportunity to customize your lighting with your own strings.

Pros and Cons of Pre-Lit Christmas Trees

An alternative option to a standard unlit tree is a pre-lit Christmas tree, designed to make your life a little easier. Here are some pros and cons of a pre-lit tree to consider as you decide on your evergreen.

Pro: Ready Upon Arrival

Most of us are busy during the holidays: running around from place to place to try to get everyone gifts for Christmas and have the home looking perfect for holiday parties and guests. Whether you order your artificial Christmas tree online or purchase it at a store, a pre-lit design is ready for showing from the moment you bring it home. Just add a few ornaments and a star to top it off.

Con: Risk of Decor Clashing

Most pre-lit Christmas trees come with basic white lights. However, it may be difficult to find a style that perfectly matches less classic decor themes. For example, say you were aiming for a quirky, Dr. Seuss-esque Christmas theme in your child’s playroom. You might find that the lights pre-strung on your tree tend to clash with your decor.

Pro: Economically-Efficient

Buying Christmas lights separately costs a bit more than adding on a small fee to have them included in the tree. If you don’t know what to look for in terms of length, this can even result in wasted expenses for extra lights to try to accommodate the unique shape and size of your tree.

Your preferences may change throughout the years, so be sure to make a pro and con list each Christmas season to make sure you always make the right choice for your needs.

Christmas-Inspired Pinterest Wreaths

Christmas wouldn’t look quite as cheery without festive wreaths to adorn your front door, mantel, or a showcase spot in your home. For centuries, these decorations have symbolized strength, endurance or victory. Though traditional wreaths are crafted out of evergreen branches, today’s wreaths can be made from just about anything to add a touch of Christmas magic—or sophistication—to your entryway. These Pinterest-inspired wreaths are a great start for your holiday decorations.

DIY wreath by Susie Harris
DIY wreath by Susie Harris

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