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December 16, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Boxed set of three

Black and white copyrighted image of Christmas lights. Vintage light bulbs in a box. ALL rights reserved. COpyrighted. NO permsissions granted

Outages. Fear of the Dark. And then there was lights.©

Travelers, the homesick, and the bright ones are hurriedly wrapping things up.

Hazardous to mirth and girth.

Holidays begin with a ribbon of thoughts taped together. Follow the threads?

It works for traveling to school functions, and for arriving relatives, too.

If you are following the Uber commercials.

Convenience, friendly smiles, and a chance to arrive calm, collected, and in style.

With their increased popularity the company has found it necessary to clarify.

Uber’s new tag line: “We’re a car service, not a stud service”

All in the packaging.

Christmas box of classic lights bulbs in color. Copyrighted. Watt's this? ALL rights reserved. NO permissions granted

Don’t box them in. They are for outdoor use. (Not recommended for swamps.)©

Was it the barrage of holiday movies? He must have wanted to be home for Christmas.

A Galveston county convict, a minor bad guy with little time left to serve, made like Dasher and Prancer and slipped out as the gate was closing. (How that happened here)

It was a Christmas miracle or just luck that there was a company truck parked across the street with the keys in it. It’s a sign, dude: “Don’t box him in.”

A short night at girl friend’s house, then dashing away towards Ft Worth/Dallas.

Just as reindeer want hay, that truck demanded a stop halfway. On the Buc-ee’s security cams, the guy looked a bit nervous. Made worse by bumping into a deputy.

Employees said the guy ran out the back and into some fields which lead to heavily wooded river bottom land – as in swamps overflowing from weeks of rain.

Will the record-breaking size gators think Santa dropped by early?

That poor guy’s probably thinking, while there’s no place like home, a sleigh ride to anywhere dry, warm, and safe would be a real gift.

Turning on a lighter side:

B/W image of Christmas light bulbs in a box. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted. NO permissions granted.

Shades of Christmas future: We’d have a blue, blue Christmas without you.©

All aglow when it was discovered.

Our old ( but still good) 50’s big bulb Christmas light strings are no longer outdated and passé. Ancient enough to be reclassified as classic, vintage, or novelty lights. Trendy must be next.

There’s something “A (“You’ll shoot out your eye”) Christmas Story” or “It’s A Wonderful Life” about their warm glow in the snowy cold foggy, drizzling December nights compared to the bold glare of the intense LEDs.

Do not lecture me on electricity usage. Not with the popularity of “The Great Christmas Light Fight” as seen on TV and along streets.

Besides we ration them: only two multicolored strings are cheering the place this year.

We scrounge attics and dusty boxes in garages as elderly family members’ home are sold. Looking for strings with good wiring and the real treasure: working light bulbs.

This year a real Christmas miracle: box loads of replacement bulbs readily available online.

Better than two front teeth. (For the youngsters, that’s an old novelty Christmas song, not a Christmas request.)

Pile of old fashion big bulbed Christmas lights. All rights reserved. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted

It’s gonna happen. I’ll simply hang these lights in a big lump from a tree limb. Call it art. A contemporary sculpture and commentary titled “The most of Christmas past.” How could the HOA possibly complain? Artful.

So the season is out of the box.

Hope yours is merrily jingling on without delight burning out.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

A couple of related lighting posts: “Crushed by Christmas Views” and “Boxed in. Strung Out” There are more. One about rabbits. Beware….

Vintage Christmas lights in rows in a box. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted. NO permissions granted

Consider these safely adopted in a forever home. They just glow with warmth!©



  1. easyweimaraner / Dec 16 2016 6:15 am

    I have 87 bags with light-lumps… we can do so much things like visiting the moon and building the biggest bombs… why we can’t invent nom lumping light strings?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 16 2016 6:29 am

      Can’t deide if the yearly tangle is a plot to slow decoration by annoyed night creatures or a annual intelligence/temperament test (which I fail without question).
      Thanks for lighting up the comment tree

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  2. sustainabilitea / Dec 16 2016 6:28 am

    I love Christmas and Christmas lights, although we only have indoor lights. When everyone is home, we always take a drive to admire everyone else’s lights (and there are some doozies!!) My pre-Christmas season has been relatively mellow, although that will change a bit once the girls arrive home. Merry Christmas to you and yours and may it be a most blessed time for all of you.


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2016 6:00 pm

      It is the season of lights and delights – indoors or out. Hope the chaos was full of joy and delight. Bless us everyone. (and got the outdoor lights down just in time ahead of rain and strong chilling winds. Nothing better than sipping hot cocolate by the fire and watching others struggle to unwrap their decorations in the cold.) Cheers and onward to a new year!


  3. shoreacres / Dec 16 2016 7:26 am

    I love the big lights. The little ones are nice, and they do fit my smaller tree quite nicely, but for outdoors, those biggies can’t be beat. When they have snow to shine through, they’re even better. Yes, they’re a pain to install, but I don’t remember anyone complaining about the chore. I may have selective memory, of course.

    Your photos are great. They really show those colors to good effect. I was pondering, and I honestly don’t think there’s anything else in the world that has precisely the color of vintage Christmas lights. They’re just different. And wonderful.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 19 2016 12:21 pm

      That little box of bulbs just beams Christmas magic. Do you remember when the selection included yellow not orange lights? We thought it so odd when yellow bulbs disappeared and orange replace them. Halloween? (The light bulb source has entire boxes of yellow bulbs, too!) But noticed as the bulbs age, the orange mellows a bit – and the white ones get more golden.
      Nothing as much fun as a cold night and walking the dog to look at lights…the snow would make a lovely backdrop to them, but probably not so many walking around to view with snow on the ground. (We are such cold weather intolerants here)
      Wonder is the word for the lights (we will just ignore all the pre stringing testing. color sequence checks, and scratches/bush bites from putting them up. Once done, it’s wonder.)
      Thanks for enjoying the glow


  4. Littlesundog / Dec 16 2016 7:34 am

    I love the vintage biggies. We didn’t have much growing up but Dad made sure to hang a single row of lights across the front porch facing the street. We thought we were all lit up for the season. We matched all of the other simple homes along the street. Things are so much more complicated now. All those lights and blow up figures and flashing and music… and competition, it just takes away from my lovely memories.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 19 2016 12:14 pm

      Everyone on our block had a single row of lights across the front of the house – even the Jewish families did it with one line of solid blue lights. We all celebrated. And it all seemed just right.
      There’s nothing like driving late at night on route to Christmas somewhere on a two lane back road- and you round a curve and there in the cold dark night are a string or two of bright old fashioned Christmas lights strung across the gate’s top piece and along a little barbed wire fence on each side. So beautiful and warm – a farm or ranch welcoming Christmas in a simle fashion. Can’t thank them enough. A beauty that’s so appropriate and so hard to explain. Thanks for adding a warm comment


  5. D. Wallace Peach / Dec 16 2016 8:01 am

    The tangled light sculpture cracked me up. Have a great Christmas. Happy Decorating.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 16 2016 5:17 pm

      There’s something Charlie Brown about it. (can’t decide whether to hang it from a branch or perch it atop a shiny pole…a work in process.) Thanks for stringing up a bright comment to leave

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  6. Anne Mehrling / Dec 16 2016 9:05 am

    Light lumps! i’m going to add that to my Christmas vocabulary.

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  7. Kate Crimmins / Dec 16 2016 9:36 am

    I love those lights but do they have a UL tag? Are they safe? Will the house burn down? I know it’s Christmas. A good time to just enjoy without worry.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 16 2016 5:14 pm

      Delighted to say “Yes, they have the UL tags – my ancient relative never would tear off any official looking tag even on pillows.” We do check the wirings each year carefully for breaks/cuts. I have a whole box of backup strings without bulbs. For a long time people were just tossing these strings.
      The best part? This year I got them up before the weather turned bitter cold…usually I’m out there trying to get frozen fingers to cooperate. HA. It’s HoHoHo and on we go (inside to sip hot chocolate by the fire…tomorrow when the big front arrives) Thanks for adding a spark to the comment string

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  8. angelswhisper2011 / Dec 18 2016 8:45 am

    We love Christmas light around the house, Philmouse, but we only have insight lights and for the first time since years, one with multiple colors. Bling and color lights are definetely Granny’s thing 😉 Pawkisses for a wonderful Day 🙂 ❤


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 19 2016 12:06 pm

      No matter the size and quantity, lights make any place merry and Christmas. Thanks for decorating the comment box. Paw waves and cheer to you!

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  9. RKLikesReeses / Dec 18 2016 4:42 pm

    Ooooo…those lights were THE BEST!!!! They didn’t blink or twinkle or obey Alexa. They glowed earnestly and shaped my view of the world’s colors. They were part of the magic of childhood. How wonderful that you still have yours and that they work. Hang them any way you want. You’re making the world a more beautiful place no matter how you do it.
    At one point in my life I decorated 4 trees every year. By the end of 6 years of that I hated all Christmas trees and all Christmas lights and all the Christmas people who complained about them. Too much; overload. Now I decorate none. It’s less pressure but I do miss those glowing colors.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 19 2016 12:05 pm

      “They glowed earnestly and shaped my view of the world’s colors.” Perfectly said. I think I’ll always have lights out the window even if the inside is less festive. There’s something about that glow in the night. Maybe the real Christmas, like the star. Thanks for adding a glowing comment. Hope you and the princesses are jingling merrily!

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  10. Cynthia Reyes / Dec 19 2016 5:26 am

    Have fun with those lights, Phil! I like lights of one colour, but my husband always mixes it up by stringing some multicoloured ones as well. Happy Christmas to you and yours.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 19 2016 9:15 am

      We were so thrilled that this company also offers single color light boxes – so now we have choices: wild fiesta or soothing siesta tones. Red and white candy canes? Or all green or blues or purples, even. Oj, let the planning begin….oh, OK. Not until after Thanksgiving next year. Thanks for the bright remark. Jingle on!

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  11. Jay E. / Dec 19 2016 5:38 pm

    This year we put up two strands of blue lights outside. I like the minimalism, and the memories of by grandmother’s handmade “blue star” she would light up every year.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 19 2016 6:07 pm

      Less is more with lights. The impact in a dark night. What a nice tribute to your grandmother and Christmas pasts.
      Thanks for trimming the comment pile with a light comment


  12. sportsattitudes / Dec 21 2016 11:11 am

    All of our bulbs are lit up and the electric company is reaping the modest benefits. We don’t have nearly as many llights on display as others do but we’d like to think a strategically positioned strategy is more effective than a blind-all-passers-by strategy.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2016 6:03 pm

      Strategic lighting is wise…especially if you live anywhere near airports or hospital helipads.
      (Besides the bats go batty with all the glare from decorations)
      Hope you are ready to cheer on the new year…and a few teams. Thanks for lighting up the comment window

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