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The Best Way to Store Christmas Tree LightsIn Christmas movies where trees are decorated, I often see the lights in a jumbled mess. As a child it was the same way; untangling those lights took forever! A few years ago, I had an epiphany. Why not use paper towel rolls to store the strands? I have used this method for at least four years.

 

Storing Christmas Lights

Storing Christmas LightsTo keep my Christmas lights from getting tangled up, I wrap each string of lights around a rolled up newspaper or magazine with the plug being last and then I put a rubber band around the plug end to hold the lights in place.

 

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Layer Christmas Lights with NewspaperI found one way to store my strings of Christmas lights and they don't seem to tangle together. When I take them down, string by string, I put them in a box then put a sheet of newspaper in between each individual string and layer them in the box. I cover each string completely with the sheet of newspaper.

 

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Store Christmas Lights In BoxTake any cardboard box. Put a string of lights in the bottom. You don't have to do any fancy rolling or anything. Then put a layer of 1 sheet of newspaper on top of them.

 

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LED Lights for China CabinetI don't have lights inside my china cabinet and also wanted something for the holidays that was decorative, so decided to take a 50 light strand of LED Christmas lights and put them at the very top of the cabinet.

 

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A Holiday Solution That Will Work All YearI found solar mini twinkle outdoor lights at my local Walgreen's. They are LEDs and didn't cost much. I bought clear so I can decorate for Christmas, and then use them in my garden or down my sidewalk all year, with no cost for electric or worrying about turning them on and off.

 

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Recycled Cups As Lighted BellsRinse out your used small clear plastic cups. Cut a small "x" on the top and insert the twinkle light from the top through the "x" with the light bulb inside. Whatever color the bulb is, the cup (bell) will light up when plugged in.

 

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Drape Christmas Lights Around Each BranchAt my house, we always start wrapping the lights from the top down. We wrap all the branches individually, and work the same level around all of the branches, before moving down to the next level.

 

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Christmas Lights in a JarOne delightful decoration for the holidays is to stuff an inexpensive strand of lights into a clear vase or jar, and simply plug in the lights. Tie the jar with a bright ribbon.

 

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Use Bread Ties to Secure Christmas LightsI save my bread ties and have found one use for them. I use them to tie the Christmas lights to our fence. Merry Christmas!

 

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Uses for Clear Rope LightingAfter the holidays, buy clear rope lighting on sale at 75% off! Rope lighting works great when attached under a bar, cabinet or bed in the home. It looks like the bottom of the bar, bed or cabinet is glowing!

 

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Use Christmas Lights Year RoundChristmas lights, not just for Christmas anymore! Think about buying a few packs of lights after this year's holiday when they go on clearance . . . and use them all year round. Strings of "Red" lights adds a lot more romance to a Valentines Day.

 

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Preparing to String Christmas LightsWhen putting up Christmas lights inside or out I save myself a lot of grief by doing the following things. First, stock up on bulbs and fuses in advance to save making an extra trip out to buy them. Untangle each string. Plug one at a time in and replace bulbs.

 

lighted buffet table

Decorating Your Table With LightsDress up your buffet table with a simple string of Christmas lights. It's easy to simply tape lights onto the side of your table then place your cloth over.

 

Save Energy With LED Christmas Lights

Save Energy With LED Christmas LightsIt may be time to retire some of the large incandescent Christmas lights you have been bringing out every year. You can save a bundle on your power bill by switching to LED Christmas lights.

 

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Use a Timer for Christmas Tree LightingFor many years we would plug in our tree every evening and then before we went to bed we would unplug it. It finally dawned on us that we could eliminate doing that by using a timer connected to that outlet.

 

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Turn Multiple Christmas Lights Easily with One ClickRemote wall boxes that plug into wall outlets come with a clicker that comes in different frequencies, i.e. A, B, C, D. The clickers also states which channel clicker it is, so you won't mix up the combination.

 

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