Get the lead out

juggleI’m busier than a North Pole elf today so just a small post here. I think it worth mentioning that today is the anniversary of the 1st ever string of Christmas tree lights. It was created by Thomas Edison in 1882. I wonder how big they were. I remember the lights we had when I was a child — big, hot, burn-you-when-you-touched-them, bulbs.  As the youngest and most able to squeeze behind the tree, I always got stuck with tinsel. I loathe tinsel. Putting it on always resulted in burns from those hot big light bulbs.

In my family today, I’m the one who put the lights on the tree.  (we use those common mini lights). For years my husband and our two kids have teased me. The way they see it is I have to have the perfect arrangement of lights and they can’t decorate the tree until I have the lightsth exactly how I want them. That’s partially true. I do like a balanced display of lights. To me that’s what makes it pretty. However, the real reason behind my solo task is lead.

To keep the cords of string lights flexible, lead is added to the plastic in the manufacturing process. The thing is, lead is toxic. Mom’s “perfect light arranging” has always been about love. Better me than them, I say. If your kids help with the decorations, be sure they wash their hands well if they handle the string lights.


Vintage Greetings

holly6As mentioned earlier this month, my husband and I are building a vintage postcard scrapbook — one postcard at a time. The album covers 100 years from 1860 to 1960 and has many slots yet to be filled. In the spirit of the season from now until New Year’s Day, I’ll share cards from my collection. Scroll down to see previous posts. Subscribe to get them in your inbox.

Here’s a cute one. Someone trimmed all four sides and pasted it in a book.


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Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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1 Response to Get the lead out

  1. treknray says:

    Just this morning if you count I am still up from Monday, I watched a video about Christmas lights being invented by Edison to help eliminate fires. The gist of the video was about the physics of why strings of lights always get tangled so easily and are difficult to untangle.

    The bear in the gray coat has the expression of “Why am I here, its so embarrassing.”

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