We could say many things to express the joy, love, hope, and excitement of the Christmas season. But for this post, we’re handing the “pen” over to some more famous folks (at least for now) who, like us, have a soft spot in their hearts for this simply splendid holiday.
So looking at this post, you might be saying to yourself, “Crafts? CRAFTS!? I don’t have time for no stinkin’ crafts! I have shopping and cooking and cleaning and shopping and errands and cleaning and shopping and . . .”
Whoa there! I get it. The days leading up to Christmas can be hectic. Stressful. Out of control. How can you possibly take the time to make Christmas crafts?
Our suggestion? Take a step back, take a breather, slow it down, get you (and your kiddos) off their phones or Xboxs, and spend an hour or two together cutting and coloring and pasting and laughing and talking and singing and connecting. Because crafting with your kids is really not about making the crafts, it’s about creating memories. Because when they are gone and out of the house and perhaps starting their own families, are they going to look back and say, “Remember that day I got that high score on Candy Crush!” (or whatever games people are playing now)? Of course not. They are going to look back and say, “Remember when every Christmas we would cut out paper snowflakes and hang them from the ceiling? I loved spending time together, listening to Christmas music, and crafting.”
Christmas lights are one of those things that define the holiday season. They are usually one of the first decorations to go up to start the Christmas celebrations and typically the last to come down when it is all over. Most take them down soon after the New Year celebrations are over.
Sometimes people leave them up all year . . . You know who you are.
Variety is the name of the game when it comes to Christmas lights. Christmas lights come in all shapes and sizes. LED’s are the current light of choice as they use far less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, they last far longer than traditional lights, and they are quite durable. LED’s are also versatile; not only do they come in all the traditional shapes (C9’s and C7’s as well as mini lights), but also in “wide angle,” shimmering spot, and other varieties.
But there is something about a string of vintage Christmas lights that gets the nostalgia bubbling, and there are no greater nostalgic Christmas lights than . . . bubble lights!
First patented in the 1930’s, millions of bubble lights were manufactured from the 40’s to the 70’s, when they fell out of favor as people’s go-to decorative lighting.
Then there’s the little problem that the contents of bubble lights can be poisonous. Of course. Because the most fun things always seem to be dangerous. Like lawn darts.
Health hazards aside, if you are looking for vintage Christmas-time illumination, bubble lights remain a super-nostalgic way to brighten your holidays. You can buy them—and all kinds of other Christmas lights—on Amazon.
What are your favorite Christmas lights? Do you prefer colored ones? Or perhaps just white? Maybe you have some other brilliant way you light your tree or house? Let us know in the comments below!
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