Wilkes-Barre-Halloween is still four weeks away and Thanksgiving is until November 25th, but what really comes to mind is Christmas.
And when you think of Christmas, think of religious celebrations, dinners, parties, giving and receiving ribbons and gifts with ribbons, and wait for that to work to see if the Darn Tree Lights work.
Attention spoiler! They don’t – guaranteed.
And we are starting yet another holiday tradition. Remove the bulbs one by one and replace the bulbs until the cause of the non-ignition is found and the assembly is on.
Is there a better way?
As Lee Corso says, “Friends are not that quick.”
Christmas is less than 100 days old, so now is a good time to put those trees down and check them out.
I received an email regarding two new products, LightKeeper Pro and LEDKeeper. According to the company, “Immediately repair broken incandescent lamps and LED light assemblies used in holiday decorations. The company says more than 6 million of these tools have been sold.
How LightKeeper Pro works
Faulty bulb shunts are the cause of most light failures, according to the company. Simply connect LightKeeper Pro to your light set and pull the trigger. LightKeeper Pro sends a pulse through the light set to find the wrong bulbs and fix the shunt. This will ensure that the lighting assembly is working properly.
For more information, please visit: https://lightkeeperpro.com/home/
Be skeptical, I won’t blame you. However, if you get this gadget and it works, please let us know immediately.
Think about vacations and the process of buying wood and bringing it home, putting water and charcoal in a bucket, attaching it to the wall, and starting decorating.
It was an annual tradition. Mom, Dad and I went to Lindwood’s Last Chance, bought a Douglas fir, tied it to the car, and drove it to 210 Reynolds Street.
Once the father has firmly fixed the tree, place the light on the tree. Carefully hide the wire behind the branch and make sure it is evenly stretched around the tree. And there must be a lot of lights. Once everything was placed in the tree, dad connected them and saw what they looked like. As a reminder, he had already plugged them in before putting them in the tree, and of course they all worked.
But someday, and for some reason, some lights will go out between this first test and their threading to the tree and the last test. How? ‘Or’ What? We couldn’t figure it out. But it happened. Every year.
Then dad would shine the light to test each one until he found the culprit and replaced it with a good bulb. It was a laborious, long and laborious process. But dad did that, and he always kept his cool.
Oh, what he would have done for LightKeeper Pro.
However, despite the rigorous process, when the lights come on and work, the wood decoration begins. I miss those moments. I want to decorate it again with ornaments that have been passed down for many years. Then carefully place the strands of ice cubes to bring that sparkle to the tree. An angel was placed on top and a Lionel train circled the village of Plastic Buildings as the well-known Plymouth City Center Enterprise.
Then the wrapped gifts are stacked around the tree and await the arrival of Christmas visitors.
Close your eyes and you will see warmly decorated cookies and cold milk placed nearby for Santa on Christmas Eve.
The front door opens and you can hear Aunt Betty and Uncle Joe come in. She wears a two-pound box of Whitman chocolate, a lighted Christmas tie, and the latest Polaroid camera around her neck.
Christmas carols are played in stereo and it is snowing outside. After Christmas Eve dinner we will clean up and get ready for midnight mass.
I have friends and family. We are all happy to meet. I pray together. I hope together. We celebrate together. The “virus” is gone. The division is gone. The hatred is gone. It’s a better world. This is our world. The earliest would be best.
This is how everyone celebrated that day. And, as the process was, the end result was quite different, and each family tree became their unique Christmas display in their home.
I wish I had these old ornaments. They were washed away on the Susquehanna River in 1972, and most of our precious possessions and sentimental memories have sunk.
There were a lot of traditions at that time.
Memories are to be cherished forever – our past and what we continue to do.
Now let’s string these lights together!