Christmas DecorationsChristmas is a hands-on art. From the lights we put on the house to the decorations we put on the tree to the great foods we eat in the process, Christmas is a time of doing -- and this is the place we gather to talk, plan and share.
The Best of Christmas Sitcoms
Here are my top 10: (in no particular order)
All 3 M*A*S*H Christmas episodes they made:
Death Takes a Holiday
The Bob Newhart Show:
His Busiest Time
I'm Dreaming of a...
Tips for Buying a Fresh Tree
I will do that fresh cut of the trunk.....that was my problem last Christmas.....the tree lost so many needles....even tho it was fresh....the problem was....since I didnīt cut the trunk....the tree...
We adjust out outside timers according to the time before during and after Christmas. Usually, we have the outside lights come on around 5:00 pm and turn off at 1am. Except Christmas Eve and Day; I adjust the timers on those days, to shutoff at 6am.
Our inside lights go on as soon as I wake up in the morning. If it's a dreary day outside, I let them on all day. If it's bright & sunny, I turn them of when I leave for work b/c nobody will see them from the outside anyway. But they always go on while I am home for lunch! And as soon as I get home from work they are back on & on until I go to bed.
Our outside lights are on from dusk until around midnight or 1 am. On Christmas Eve & christmas night I let them on all night!
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace & goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
In the mornings, I like to turn the bathroom heater on to warm up the room before a shower. That outlet is on the same line as one of the outside lights, so it's been known to throw a breaker occasionally. So, I have to go out into the garage (it's attached, fortunately) and unplug one of the light strands before I can heat up the bathroom.
I don't leave my lights on all night, I shut them off at night to save on electricity costs. All of us, whomever wakes first always turns the tree on first thing. I do leave some lights on one day during the season. Christmas Eve. So Santa can see the house and in the house.
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