I have no patience with holiday lights. Especially the kind that are fully functioning when I take them down January 1 only to find them fouled up after 11.5 months of doing nothing but sitting in the basement. When I haul them out If they work, great! But if all or part of a string is dark? I don’t mess around checking bulbs and crap: out they go.

And so it was this year with all of last years lights. Every single string had either all or some of it burned out. Grrrrr. So while at Costco last week I decided to pay a little bit more in the short term to go a little itty bit greener in the long term by getting some energy-effecicient LED icicle lights. They were comparitively pricey — even for Costco. Let’s hope they’re also a bit more able to withstand the next 11.5 months of doing nothing, so I’m not recycling them gruffly this time next year.

And in the meantime I give you what they look like all put up and fully functioning:

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For our first four Christmases together, we were content just to run lights along the rain gutter and the bannister up the front steps, with a wreath hanging from the railing by the front door over our family of illuminated animated deer (of which the baby’s lights were all burned out but miraculously came on Friday). Last year was our first time adding lights to the upstairs dormer, and it’s a good thing I’m not afraid of heights, because awkwardly dangling over the edge is involved. This year since I had a couple extra strings, I added them to the garage as well, but that just involved a slightly rickety ladder.

Merry Christmas!