Letters 6 PlanetChristmas | September 2014 Want to send a letter to the editor? We’ll publish as many as we can though we reserve the right to edit a bit to fit as much as possible in a limited amount of space. Send your questions or comments to letters@PlanetChristmas.com. PC: Looking for vintage blowmolds. Got any? Signed: Meg in Orlando Checkout the PlanetChristmas forums (http://forums.planetchristmas.com) for a thriving community of blow mold enthusiasts. HELP! Here’s the deal. My granddaughter just turned 5 and she’s coming to visit this Christmas. She’s worried Santa won’t find our house because we didn’t decorate last year. My wife and I agree we need to get in the Christmas spirit and decorate big time but we’re clueless where to begin. Any suggestions? Signed: Walter and Mary in Denver You definitely don’t want to irritate five year olds, much less Santa. Decorating is part of the Christmas spirit we love to talk about but have trouble defining. You’re creating some lifelong memories for your granddaughter so pull out all the stops this Christmas because she’ll probably tell her children about what you did when she was a kid. No pressure on you at all! Where to start? Any decorations are better than none. One universal rule: you can never have too many lights. You might reach out to some over-the-top decorators in your community or just hang around the PlanetChristmas website for ideas. Be creative, have fun and build the family traditions for others to carry on in the future. PlanetChristmas: Where can I buy pink Christmas lights? I had some mini-lights last year and the dog ate through a string. Signed: Jamie in Bristol Pink. Hobby Lobby usually has some pastel colored lights and a quick Internet search should reveal lots of possibilities, but finding the lights is the easy part. Getting the new lights to match the old lights is the challenge. Light output degrades over time so lights get dimmer and seem to change color with age. Creating the light color, whether incandescent or LED is like mixing paint. Each batch is just a little different and if you’re looking for the perfect match always buy from the same batch. What would we do at PlanetChristmas? Find some clear or white lights, all from the same source. Stretch them out and paint them with the perfect color spray paint from the home center. Paint the wire, sockets and lights. Don’t use too much paint but do try to make the color uniform. Paint some extra strings if you have them so you have replacements for next year. (Now we’re thinking lavender lights.) Keeper of all Christmas knowledge: Where is the cheapest place to get Christmas lights? Signed: James in Oslo We get this question countless times every month but even more so this time of year. We don’t make recommendations other than to remind people you get what you pay for. Pay a little more and get lights that will last more than one season. Where do you start? Checkout the ads in this edition of PlanetChristmas magazine. We trust everyone that’s part of the PlanetChristmas community because we’re positive, family friendly and Christmas-centric.
PlanetChristmas Magazine September 2014
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