Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Lights

They are fine on other's people's houses. That's pretty much how I feel about them. To me, they are a big waste of energy. Electrical energy, plus the time and personal energy needed to put them up.

My wife, on the other hand, likes Christmas lights, so we have Christmas lights. At least we've made the transition to LED lights, so the electrical energy drain is lessened. The emotional drain is just as strong as ever.

I've come to the conclusion that every year we should just trash the lights when Christmas is over. No matter how carefully lights are taken down and stored, they won't work next Christmas. My lovely wife has amassed a sizable collection of spare bulbs and fuses. It doesn't matter as the bulb design seems to change almost every year.

This year, for reasons known only St. Nick, only half of each light string worked. No amount of fiddling with them could get the other half to light. After my wife's patience ran out, I suggest a solution worthy of Solomon. I cut the wires where the lights stopped working and spliced the working halfs together.

Now most of the lights are strung -and my wife hasn't strung me up too, so it's a good year.



  1. This year for some reason I see far fewer houses with Christmas lights outside - maybe one house per block, is all. And I never got past hanging a wreath on the door. Put up my little tree and set out the Santa mugs, hung a few garlands, but not nearly the usual decorations. Don't know why - just seems like too much trouble somehow.

  2. 4 t0 6 of the little lights in series make a nice lttle light connected to a twelve volt auto battery,

    after xmas find a lot often trashed, sometimes unused in their boxes.

    Have a MERRY YULE TIME.....


  3. Same thing happened to our lights! Only half of each strand worked. Sometimes jiggling the strand brought it back, but I replaced a bunch with the LEDs. And hey, you'll have an amazing Christmas with your three beautiful granddaughters. :)

  4. Merry Christmas to You and Yours Sixbears...