Christmas DecorationsChristmas is a hands-on art. From the lights we put on the house to the decorations we put on the tree to the great foods we eat in the process, Christmas is a time of doing -- and this is the place we gather to talk, plan and share.
The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
Here are my top 10: (in no particular order)
All 3 M*A*S*H Christmas episodes they made:
Death Takes a Holiday
The Bob Newhart Show:
His Busiest Time
I'm Dreaming of a...
Tips for Buying a Fresh Tree
I will do that fresh cut of the trunk.....that was my problem last Christmas.....the tree lost so many needles....even tho it was fresh....the problem was....since I didnīt cut the trunk....the tree...
I gotta say, the new trend of LED lights is very dismaying to me. More often than not I see LED lights and good old fashioned C-7 & and C-9s are getting kind of hard to find. I am just really against LED lights for Christmas. The reason? They are too stark and bright. They don't offer that colorful warm glow that gives my decorating a nice homey look. I put a strand on a small tree in my house last year and it lit the whole room up moe than my 9 foot tall tree with 18 strands of C-7's on it. I also noticed that you can look directly at an LED and it's like a laser pointer to the eye.
Oh and when they are grouped together on people's bushes and I drive by they kind of make me dizzy.
So anyways, that's my rant on LEDs.
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I'm with you. I understand the environmental argument for LEDs, but aesthetically ... give me mini-lights and the good old-fashioned big, colorful bulbs. Besides being harsh instead of softly glowing, the multicolor LEDs just aren't balanced. The blues and greens always look much brighter to me, and there's something about the blue that almost hurts my eyes. And, yes, that flickering effect.
I like the fact that they are cooler, so less of a fire hazard; and they use less energy, so I don't worry so much about leaving the lights on for long periods.
That being said, I do prefer the look of the traditional lights...maybe some smart cookie will figure out the way to combine the look of the old lights with the benefits of the new, wouldn't that be nice?
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I also do not like the too bright "cool white" of the LEDs, but found LEDs that are "warm white" and look very close to the old-fashioned mini's. They sayed cool to the touch and used very little electricity.
They looked almost the same as the older ones. But they are labeled "warm white". Very noticeable difference.
I am still hanging onto our C9s and C7s and our candy drops, too pretty to let go.
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I like the bright lights. They really showcase ornaments and decorations of my tree. I use all white on one of my trees and love the brightness. I also like the colored lights. I have a string around the window on my indoor porch that are on all year round and they give just enough light and don't use as much energy. I don't have a light on the porch and these lights are perfect.
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I wish I did like LED lights but I just cannot get use to them. I can tolerate the clear ones over the colored ones. They have improved them somewhat over the years but I still like the old fashioned ones better.
I am slowly making the switch, all my outdoor displays are now LED, I tried them on my tree a few years ago but it didn't have the same feel as the classic C7's and went back to the real C7's but the LED's are still on my tree just blended in. My problem is if they move they get "fuzzy" looking.
I have a friend at work, who made the switch to LED's on her tree and she bought the warm and cool glows by accident. So half her tree has the nice warm glow and the sterile cool. I told her if she has questions about Christmas lights ask me.