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Man looking at a broken light on an Artificial Christmas Tree.

Pre-lit Christmas Tree Lights Not WorkingYou plug the tree in but not all the lights are shining. This can be a frustrating situation, especially if the tree is only 2-3 years old. Often, a Christmas light tester is the easiest way to locate the problem area. This page is about pre-lit Christmas tree lights not working.

 

Pre Lit Christmas Tree

Setting Up a Pre-Lit Christmas TreeThis is a page about setting up a pre-lit Christmas tree. A pre-lit Christmas tree is supposed to be easy to assemble, an improvement over the traditional tree with separate light strings.

 

Christmas Tree Hat - hat on child's head

Christmas Tree HatMake this cute, fun, and festive Christmas tree hat. I was able to make this hat for my daughter with leftover tree trimmings that fell from our Christmas tree. The rest of the supplies I already had on hand (i.e. cardboard, hot glue, and decorations).

 

A Christmas tree that has white flocking to resemble snow.

Homemade Christmas Tree Flocking?This is a page about homemade Christmas tree flocking. Instead of buying spray on flocking for your tree, or paying a lot for a pre-flocked one, make your own flocking at home.

 

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Replacing Christmas Tree Lights with White Ring Base?Can the white ringed bulbs that have the safety fused lamps be replaced?

 

hands holding a wrapped gift

12 Days of Christmas Gift IdeasThis is a page about 12 days of Christmas gift ideas. Planning a special Christmas gift giving event based on the old Christmas song can be lots of fun.

 

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Fake Snow for Snow Globes?Does anyone know what I could use for fake snow on glass Christmas balls? I need it to be permanent and frugal as I'm making several dozen.

 

Lighted Outdoor Christmas Wreath

Repairing a Lighted Outdoor Christmas...This is a page about repairing a lighted outdoor Christmas decoration. Sometimes lighted outdoor Christmas decorations can be repaired rather than having to be replaced.

 

VIntage jewelry tree made by aunt.

Making a Costume Jewelry Christmas TreePerhaps you have seen one of these at a craft show, but it was too costly. You can make your own Christmas tree wall hanging, using your old costume jewelry or pieces from yard sales and thrifty stores. This is a page about making a costume jewelry Christmas tree.

 

Peppermint Candy Bowls - edge view of larger crimped bowl

Making a Peppermint Candy BowlThis is a page about making a peppermint candy bowl. Hard peppermint candies are first on your supply list for making these pretty edible candy bowls.

 

Christmas Gifts

Giving Christmas Gifts to Adult Nieces and...This page is about giving Christmas gifts to adult nieces and nephews. Knowing when it is time to stop gift giving to someone you love can be a challenge.

 

Group of adult friends blowing up balloons.

Pantyhose Reindeer Balloon GameIt is always fun to find a new game to play at a Christmas party. This is a page about pantyhose reindeer balloon game.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Maine Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Maine. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

Donation box full of food.

Georgia Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Georgia. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

West Virginia Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in West Virginia. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

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Spool ornaments hanging on the tree.

Personalized Spool OrnamentsTo celebrate my grandson's first Thanksgiving and first Christmas and to commemorate family who can't be here this year due to COVID, I created some cute but simple tree ornaments using just photos and empty thread spools for an old fashioned look!

 

Curtain Rod For Hanging Christmas Stockings - several Christmas stockings hanging on a curtain rod beneath the fireplace mantel

Curtain Rod For Hanging Christmas StockingsI use a curtain rod to hang the Christmas stockings from the fireplace mantel. It will handle more weight then the stocking holders do and its easy to slide the stockings to the side when we light a fire.

 

Bleach Bottle Santa

Making a Bleach Bottle SantaThis is a page about making a bleach bottle Santa. Clean plastic bleach and detergent bottles are great to use in craft projects. Make this cute Santa for the holidays.

 

Mrs. Claus Costume

Making a Mrs. Claus Costume?This is a page about making a Mrs. Claus costume. Don't let Santa monopolize Christmas every year, make yourself a Mrs. Claus costume and join in on the fun.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

New Jersey Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in New Jersey. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

Close up of Christmas tree with lights and gold and silver baubles.

Top Part of Pre-lit Tree Not Working?This is a page about top part of pre-lit tree not working. It can be difficult to find the cause for a partial loss of lights on a pre-lit tree. If possible checking with the manufacturer may be the best solution.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Massachusetts Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Massachusetts. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

A beautiful Christmas tree made from toothpicks.

Making a Toothpick Christmas TreeThis is a page about making a toothpick Christmas tree. Make a spiky toothpick Christmas tree decoration for you home.

 

A man repairing Christmas tree lights.

Christmas Lights Not WorkingThis page is about Christmas lights not working. Determining why you have strands of unlit lights can be challenging.

 

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Need 50 Small Gift Ideas For 2 Secret Sisters?I am wanting to get a large gift bag with 25 small gifts in each-one for each day of December. The envelope or small package will have the date on the outside of each so they know what day to open them. I'd like each to have different items-not the same. And they need to be inexpensive.

 

Clay Pot Angels

Making Clay Pot AngelsThis page is about making clay pot angels. Terra cotta clay flower pots are a great starting place for many crafts.

 

A outdoor reindeer decoration.

Replacing the Lights on Outdoor Christmas Decorations?I have 3D reindeer from the 80s. The lights were a mess so I cut them off and need to replace them. What are the best and easiest lights to use? I have a lot of deer and a large village.

 

Homemade Christmas Ornament

Homemade Christmas CraftsThis page contains homemade christmas crafts. Homemade Christmas crafts are a fun and inexpensive way to decorate your house. They also are great gifts for someone special. Here are some fabulous homemade craft ideas!

 

Yo Yo Christmas Trees

Making Yo Yo Christmas TreesThis is a page about making yo yo Christmas trees. Christmas fabric yo yos can be used to make a variety of Christmas tree craft projects.

 

A picture of a child crying on Santa's lap.

Funny Saying to Go With Crying Santa Picture?Need a funny saying to go with a crying Santa picture for Christmas cards.

 

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decorated coffee container

Folgers' Coffee Can Christmas ArtFolger's has lovely holiday templates on their website for you to decorate their red canisters! There are even instructions. I can think of many more ways to use that clip art, myself!

 

Close up of thoughtful young happy Asian teenage girl smiling while holding gift box

Christmas Gift Ideas for Older Nieces and Nephews?This page contains Christmas gift ideas for older nieces and nephews. As your nieces and nephews get older, it can be harder to know what to get them for Christmas. Here are some ideas that may be helpful.

 

Stockings hung on a fireplace mantle.

Stocking Stuffer IdeasFinding the perfect yet inexpensive stocking stuffers can take some thought. Look here for great ideas for thrifty stocking stuffers. This page contains stocking stuffer ideas.

 

Mr. and Mrs. SantaMade From Reader's Digest Magazines

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Made from Reader's Digest...This is a page about Mr. and Mrs. Santa made from Reader's Digest magazines. Cute decorations can be made by folding the pages of magazines.

 

A Christmas present with a red ribbon.

Save Time, Money And Aggravation During the HolidaysAre you old-fashioned like me and still like to go to the store to see and feel the gift you are selecting? Do you still enjoy the process and thrill of finding that special gift, wrapping it, and giving it?

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Tennessee Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Tennessee. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

Hand Holding Small Christmas Gift

Frugal Christmas Gift IdeasThis is a page about frugal Christmas gift ideas. Christmas gifts do not have to be expensive; thoughtful or homemade gifts often mean more to the recipient than the pricey expensive ones.

 

Buffet at a church Christmas party.

Church Christmas Party Ideas?This is a page about church Christmas party ideas. Sometimes planning a Christmas party can be more challenging than it seemed when you volunteered.

 

Artificial Christmas Tree with lights

Pre-lit Tree Lights Keep Blinking?Troubleshooting issues with pre-lit trees can be tricky. Even if you can find the problem the next step is to determine if it is repairable. This is a page about pre-lit tree lights keep blinking.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Ohio Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Ohio. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

Starburst Pipe Cleaner Tree Topper - closeup of the topper

Starburst Pipe Cleaner Tree TopperThis is an easy and inexpensive way to create a retro tree topper that's also fun to make. All you need is a package of silver pipe cleaners and that's all there is to it. If you want to change up your colors from year to year, this is also a great way to coordinate your topper to match your tree.

 

Felt Penguin Ornament

Making Ornaments for a Felt Christmas TreeThis is a page about making felt ornaments. These ornaments are perfect for using on a felt Christmas tree.

 

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Putting an Artificial Tree in a Christmas Tree StandWhen using an artificial Christmas tree many larger durable tree stands are too large. Buy some PVC pipe and cut it in small and equal pieces to place inside the tree stand to make a circle around the smaller tree base.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Indiana Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Indiana. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

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Georgia Christmas CharitiesIf you live in Georgia and are in need of Christmas help here are some charities that may be able to assist you.

 

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A blanket being used as a Christmas tree skirt.

Using a Blanket as a Christmas Tree SkirtChristmas tree skirts can be pricey. Since they are only used once a year many thrifty folks like to fine a better decorating solution. This is a page about using a blanket as a Christmas tree skirt.

 

A finished popsicle stick snowflake, painted white.

Making a Popsicle Stick SnowflakeThis is a page about making a Popsicle stick snowflake. Popsicle sticks or craft sticks are perfect for making these decorative snowflake designs.

 

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Christmas Gift for Boyfriend Who Likes to Build Things?My boyfriend and I have been doing a long distance relationship for about 4 months, he lives in CA and I live in GA. I've thought of a few things to get him or make him, but I'm trying to think of something he won't expect. I want something really different.

 

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New York Christmas Charities?I'm a single mother of four amazing children. Three months ago my husband of 19 years walked out on us for another woman. I was left with no means to support the children. I am hoping that there is an organization that can help me make sure Santa comes to our home.

 

Putting glue on paper mache ball.

Making Paper Mache Ball Christmas OrnamentsIf you are looking for a homemade Christmas ornament project, this might be just the one. Cover inflated balloons with papier-mâché, allow to dry and then paint and decorate as desired. This is a page about making paper mache ball Christmas ornaments.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Rhode Island Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Rhode Island. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

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Ideas for Office Christmas Decorating Contest?Does anyone have ideas for an office Christmas decorating contest? I can't find much information at all on the internet.

 

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Ideas for "Cheer Baskets"?I need ideas for creating "Cheer Baskets" for widows, shut-ins, etc in our community.

 

Teaching Kids About Holiday Giving

Teaching Kids About Holiday GivingHere are some ways to move away from the materialistic side of things, and keep your children focused on family by teaching them about the true spirit of giving.

 

The completed Organza Spiral Christmas Tree

Organza Spiral Christmas TreeOrganza and beads look great together. I used them to create this Christmas tree. You can use an LED garland instead of beads or make the Christmas tree without adding beads.

 

Felt Candy Cane Ornament

Making a Felt Candy Cane OrnamentThis is a page about making a felt candy cane ornament. These red and white felt candy cane ornaments are fun to make.

 

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Gag Gift Ideas for Church Christmas Party?My church is having a Christmas party and this year we are to bring gag gifts. I need some suggestions of either things to buy or things to make. Be creative, but keep it clean (it is a church party after all).

 

A wreath made from pine cones.

Pine Cone WreathI saw this on Pinterest.

 

Christmas Family Gathering

Christmas Family Gathering IdeasThis is a page about Christmas family gathering ideas. It is exciting, fun, and sometimes frustrating trying to plan the next family Christmas gathering.

 

woman handing an older man a gift

Inexpensive Christmas Gifts for Assisted...This is a page about inexpensive Christmas gifts for assisted living residents. For a resident living with supportive services, there are a variety of inexpensive things you can find for gifts.

 

A bag filled with marshmallows, labeled Snowman Poop.

Christmas Gag Gift IdeasThis page contains Christmas gag gift ideas. You don't have to wait until April Fool's day to give someone a gag gift. Christmas can be a fun time to trick your friends or family.

 

A Christmas tree with dim lights.

Pre-lit Christmas Tree Lights Very Dim?Pre-lit Christmas trees are a great way to not have the frustrating task of adding lights to your tree. But if the lights become dim over time you may need to do some troubleshooting. The main culprits are the transformer and/or the fuses.

 

finished snowman hot chocolate gift

Making a Coffee Mate Container SnowmanThis is a page about making a Coffee Mate container snowman. A Coffee Mate container is the perfect shape for making a cute snowman that can be filled with treats for a gift or used as a decoration.

 

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Looking for Lightweight Gift Ideas for Family Overseas?I have a daughter and son-in-law living overseas and need gift ideas for Christmas that don't weigh too much. These could include novelty, fun ideas from the good old USA, and also nice gift ideas.

 

Christmas Lollipops

Christmas Crafts Using LollipopsThis is a page about Christmas crafts using lollipops. Christmas crafting can add a special touch to the holiday season and using lollipops can add a tasty addition to your holiday crafting traditions.

 

Christmas Reindeer Headband

Making a Christmas Reindeer HeadbandA festive reindeer head decoration you can make to wear and share at holiday gatherings. This page is about making a Christmas reindeer headband.

 

Tea Light Snowman Ornament

Tea Light Snowman OrnamentThis is a page about making a tea light snowman ornament. These cute little ornaments are quick and easy to make and look great on your tree.

 

little boy hugging the snowman

Making a Snowman With Plastic CupsThis is a page about making a snowman with plastic cups. Clear plastic cups and mini Christmas lights can be used to make a fun snowman decoration.

 

Father and young girl decorating a Christmas tree

Having a Good Christmas Without GiftsThis is a page about having a good Christmas without gifts. Christmas can still be a joyful giving time, even if you are not able to buy gifts for your family.

 

A candy cane puzzle gag gift.

Candy Cane Puzzle Gag GiftThis is a page about candy cane puzzle gag gift. While putting the candy cane back together may be out of the question the candy bits will still taste great.

 

Little girl giving to Salvation Army.

Arizona Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Arizona. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

Mini Gumball Machine Christmas Ornament - two completed ornaments, one with pom poms and one with plastic beads

Mini Gumball Machine Christmas OrnamentI saw this idea at a craft boutique and since I had the supplies to make one, I made my own version.

 

finished reindeer

Making a Tootsie Pop ReindeerThis is a page about making a Tootsie Pop reindeer. These easy to make, cute Tootsie Pop reindeer are perfect to use for stocking stuffers or party favors.

 

A reindeer in the snow

My Son's Christmas MemoriesA couple of years ago, when the latest recession hit, I asked my then 21 year old son, who was home for Christmas, what his favourite Christmas gifts were when he was a child.

 

Poured Paint Ornaments  - several colors of paint dripped down the inside of the ornament

Making Poured Paint Glass Ornament BallsPlain glass ornaments can be made fabulous with the addition of some paint poured directly inside. This is a page about making poured paint glass ornament balls.

 

A Christmas gift in mittened hands.

Finding Help with Christmas Presents?This is a page about finding help with Christmas presents. Churches, as well as public and private agencies often distribute gifts at Christmas.

 

Finished Styrofoam Snowman

Making a Styrofoam SnowmanThis is a page about making a Styrofoam snowman. Snowmen and women are popular holiday decorations. Make some cute tabletop ones of your own easily using Styrofoam balls.

 

Gifts That Fit in an Envelope

Christmas Gifts That Fit in an Envelope?This page is about Christmas gifts that fit in an envelope. A small sized gift can mean a lot to those you love.

 

A couple with a Christmas gift.

Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas for CouplesThis is a page about Christmas gift ideas for couples. Deciding on a gift for a couple may require some thought to have it be something both people will enjoy.

 

Glass Christmas ornaments.

Repairing Glass Ornaments?This is a page about repairing glass ornaments. A treasured glass ornament is not easily replaceable.

 

Nurse with stethoscope holding three orange and green wrapped presents

Christmas Gift Ideas for Nurses?This page contains Christmas gift ideas for nurses. Finding appropriate, useful gifts for people who care for others can be a challenge.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

New York Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in New York. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

Santa and his bag whispering hush.

Keeping Christmas Gifts a SecretThis is a page about keeping Christmas gifts a secret. It is an annual event, hiding the Christmas presents from curious children and other family members. Each year you need to get more creative, or so it seems.

 

Little girl giving to Salvation Army.

Florida Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Florida. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Kentucky Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Kentucky. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

Santa with a living Christmas tree.

Living Christmas TreeA living Christmas tree is ecological, practical and saves you money year after year. You can enjoy it year round on your balcony or in your garden.

 

Gift Grabbers AuctionEach holiday season we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as exchanging gifts, festive foods, and family get-togethers. We traditionally do this in my family by me screaming at the children to clean their rooms for a week.

 

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Need Help with Christmas Presents?Can my children and I get help with Christmas presents this year? Editor's Note: ThriftyFun does not give direct help to those in need. Please do NOT post requests for help. We encourage posts with ideas for those that need help.

 

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SPAM Fruitcake (Joke Recipe - Do NOT eat)SPAM Fruitcake (Joke Recipe - Do NOT eat). Using the little keys, carefully open SPAM cans, then treat bleeding fingers. CAREfully and properly dispose of SPAM (contact the EPA and Nuclear Regulatory Commission for detailed instructions and impact statements.)

 

Bead and sequin ornament.

Bead and Sequin Ornaments (Grandma...My grandma made the most beautiful bead and sequin ornaments and they have always been my favorites on our tree. This year I attempted to recreate these stunning ornaments. These are great decorations and also make a wonderful gift.

 

Paper Plate Snow Globe

Making a Paper Plate Snow GlobeThis page is about making a paper plater snow globe. A simple, inexpensive craft that can be customized to display a favorite holiday scene.

 

A plate of cookies and milk for Santa

How We Keep the Santa Magic AliveOur daughters are now 13 and 20, but neither one has ever asked us if we are Santa Claus. From the time they were very young we tried to do magical things to keep the spirit of St. Nick alive.

 

Girl in a red coat giving to the Salvation Army.

Washington Christmas CharitiesThis is a page about finding Christmas charities in Washington. Every year ThriftyFun gets numerous requests from people looking for help for their families for Christmas. Since we do not have the resources to offer direct help, we have set up this page to help people find charities in each state.

 

A small jar containing hot chocolate mix.

Homemade Hot Chocolate MixThis hot cocoa is chocolaty with a hint of cinnamon. Not only is making your own hot cocoa mix delicious, but it can make a great gift for the holidays. My friend is a chef and he had to make special hot chocolate mixes each year for the hotel attached to the restaurant he worked at. We based this recipe on one of his favorites. This is also quite inexpensive.

 

Ceramic Christmas Tree

Shopping for Ceramic Christmas Tree Bulbs...This page is about shopping for ceramic Christmas tree bulbs and decorations. Finding the right size bulbs and ornaments for a tabletop ceramic tree can be a challenge.

 

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Pennsylvania Christmas Assistance?My family and I recently moved to Pittsburgh. I am on unemployment and I am the head of my household as my husband and 14 year old daughter both have a disability.

 

Gifts That Cost Nothing

Gifts That Cost NothingThis is a page about gifts that cost nothing. Gifts don't have to cost money to be awesome!

 

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Christmas Help for Families with Teenagers?Is there any assistance for Christmas help for families with teenagers?

 

Striped elf legs over a pile of presents.

"You've Been Elfed!" Christmas Game?This is a page about "You've been Elfed!" Christmas game. This seasonal neighborhood gifting game is fun for all who join in.

 

large tire snowman in desert yard

Making a Tire SnowmanThis is a page about making a tire snowman. Old tires can be repurposed to make a fun snowman for an outdoor holiday decoration.

 

The completed advent calendar on the wall.

Wall Tree Activity AdventThis advent is simple to throw together using Ikea's wall tree, and cardstock. Our family likes to do activity-based advents like this one and when I saw IKEA was selling this decoration, I knew I had to make it into an advent calendar.

 

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LED Pre-lit Christmas Tree Lights Not Working?I have been trying to troubleshoot our Home Accents 7.5ft pre-lit LED Christmas tree and need some help. We have had the tree for two seasons without any issues. The contacts between the sections is through the 'trunk ' of the tree and all seems to be OK and lock firmly and smoothly in place.

 

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