I’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 lights 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.
As 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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