Incandescents. Tried, true and cheap but what power hogs!

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked why with mini-lights, when one burns out, how do the…

    What’s up with the pickle ornament and all the history behind it?

    we got some help from and  It’s a lovely story. Except for some small details: St. Nicholas traditionally comes…

    LEDs vs. incandescent lights… there’s a real difference.

    This was supposed to be easy. Determine once and for all if it’s time for all of us to switch…

    Synchronizing the lights. It’s all about the music!

    From the September 2010 edition of PlanetChristmas magazine.  By Lyman Rate. In an earlier issue of PlanetChristmas magazine, I talked…

    August 2015. Decorating has begun!

    Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee has begun decorating for Christmas 2015.  What makes it a bit unusual is when…

    Leaping arches are just so darn cool in Christmas displays!

    From the November 2010 issue of PlanetChristmas magazine. On Monday Chuck Smith stood at my desk and “suggested” the magazine…

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    Until Christmas

    (the most magical day of the year)

    Until the Reveal

    (typically just after Thanksgiving)

    Now this is a light show!


    What an Outdoor Display!

    Silent Monks Singing