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If Christmas lights are out, what's in?


In our home, the fake greenery interwoven with little twinkly lights around windows often stay in place until Valentines Day. The bright, cherry lights of the Holidays leave a void when finally packed away. I like the ambiance of the low lighting.Feeling our home looks like a tacky restaurant, I sought a another solution for brightening the long winter evenings. I found it in timers-those little gadgets that automatically turn lights off and on at certain times. Like the ones used on my twinkly lights.Because of our home's layout, the kitchen area is not cozy. It is large, open and has seating at one end where we read. I plugged the three lamps in that area into my Christmas light timers. Now they come on around 5:30 pm and go off at ll:00 pm. What a wonderful welcome. Stumbling in with all my gear after work, I found the three lamps casting their glow. The chairs and soft lights beckoned a cup of hot tea and a minute to relax. Just what the doctor ordered after a cold, dreary day.Tonight, I finally removed the rest of the Christmas decorations.The timers will remain until the longer days of spring.


sourpuss 6 years, 3 months ago

Well, there's a minute of my life I can't get back. Sigh.


overplayedhistory 6 years, 3 months ago

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HolyHannah 6 years, 3 months ago

It sounds cozy. It also sounds like a huge waste of energy.


Paul Decelles 6 years, 3 months ago

I just took my Christmas lights outside down; now the 3 Easter bunnies- they've just been morphed into snowshoe rabbits.


Alia Ahmed 6 years, 3 months ago


It sounds warm and inviting, you paint a wonderful picture with your words.


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