I don’t know about anyone else, but I love white lights at Christmas time. For me, white lights are peaceful and represent the spirit of the season. The traditional strands of Christmas lights are okay, if you like one bulb burning out and the rest going out too. I like a lot of lights so it looks like twinkling stars on my tree; therefore I have to use so many strands of lights. Using a lot of strands, I end up getting them all tangled. It’s just a big pain, especially if you have a real tree and get stabbed by those pine needles. Your arms look so lovely at parties with red blotches all over them.
Well, I have the solution! Garland lights. Their design is pretty ingenious. The lights are hanging in bunches of about 4 rather than one light every few inches. With a clever design like this you don’t have to hang the strands so close together. The garland lights come with 300 lights for under $12 at Wal-Mart, however, if you get there after Christmas, you can buy them for half the price. The white lights are sold out first, so get there early, but don’t trample anyone trying to get to the after Christmas sale! You can also order them on-line at Target.
Around my town, there are stores like Big Lots and Family Dollar that sell them, too. Shop around, I’m sure you’ll find a good deal. And I know once you start using these lights, you’ll just love ‘em and you won’t want to use the old strand lights ever again. But never fear--I do have a tip for those strand lights.
If you have any artificial silk or topiary trees in your house those strand lights look GREAT on them. At night when it’s dark, your artificial Ficus with a 50 strand light set can give you an impressive ambiance and it makes a good night light, too. It’s great all year round. I buy my lights after Christmas at 50% off. You can purchase 20, 50 or even 100 light sets for about $1.00, so stock up. When they do burn out, just cut them off the tree, then grab another box and string on a new set!