THE HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
People all over the world use them to decorate over the festive period, but why do we have Christmas lights and when did this tradition begin?
TYPES OF LIGHTS
HOW TO USE YOUR LIGHT
- Wrap them around the bannister.
- Drape them over your shelves or mantelpiece.
- Place them inside bowls, jars or lanterns.
- Wrap them around vases filled with festive flowers.
- Make a feature of a photo or piece of artwork by draping lights over the top.
- Hang them from the ceiling.
- Use them to create a Christmas card holder.
- Weave them through an outside tree or bush.
- Lay them over or hang them above the dining table for a twinkling table setting.
- Wrap around a mirror for a glamorous effect.
HOW MANY LIGHTS FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE ?
HOW TO HANG CHRISTMAS LIGHTS OUTSIDE
- Choose a day when the weather is dry and mild for a safer and easier experience.
- Make sure you have a ladder and decorating clips or gutter hooks to hand.
- Decide where you want to put your lights; some good choices include along your roofline or porch or around door and window frames.
- Take measurements to work out how far your lights will reach from your plug socket, using an extension lead if necessary.
- Attach your decorating clips or gutter hooks, using one approximately every 12 inches.
- Plug the lights in but leave them switched off. Work backwards carefully from the socket, clipping the cable into the clips or hooks. Try not to tug too hard but also don’t leave any cables hanging down loosely. It can be helpful to have another person on the ground guiding you as you go.
- Work slowly around the area then use a clip or hook to secure the end of the string.
- Step back and look at your lights, checking that bulbs are evenly spaced and there are no drooping cables.
- When you’re happy with the spacing, you’re ready to switch them on and appreciate your hard work!
- Grab yourself a mince pie and some mulled wine; you’ve earned it.