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Monday, December 8, 2008

The Christmas Tree Lights Debate


Every year Jon and I debate our preferred lights for the Christmas tree. I like multi-coloured lights and he likes all-white. Up until he came into my life, our tree was always covered in coloured lights. That's the way it was when I was little, so it just seems 'right' to me. He hates it and thinks it looks overdone, and that all white is the way to go- simple and classic.
A couple of years ago, we noticed that our artificial tree was on it's last legs (last trunk?) and so we went shopping for a new one, armed with a 20% off coupon from Linens 'n Things. The perfect tree awaited us....pre-lit (yes!)....with strings of coloured lights AND all-white lights. It even came with a little remote control so you can switch them on and off easily. The best part though- you can choose to have all the lights, just the coloured lights, or just the white lights- at the simple flick of a button.
This is the best tree EVER. No light strings to fight with, although I do ask Jon to get all the strings plugged into each other properly and set up the remote for me every year. (that's his contribution to the decorating:-) I hate dealing with mini light strings, even if they are attached to the tree already!

So, my dear blog readers. The debate continues. What do you think, colours or whites?
(not the best photography I know....and that carpet...how 80's is dusty rose? Someday my hardwood, leather or cork floor will come:-)

11 comments:

Erin said...

hey...saw your lights weigh in on twitter...i'm for all white lights personally, but that's probably 'cause that's how it was growing up for me:) funny how that works, eh?

dusty rose carpet can't be worse than rusty orange can it?

Sara at Soap Rehab said...

My husband and I have had the same debate! I'm a all white light kinda person, and he likes the colored lights. Right now we have the multi-colored lights on the tree. It's growing on me. Love your fireplace BTW. Fantastic! =)

The Mommy said...

I love that you were able to find a tree that has both!!! I do have to say that I'm a white light girl myself. However, in those pics, because of the colors in your living room - I'm going for the color lights! lol Sorry!!! It looks great either way though! I love your couch, the room looks so cozy!

Liz said...

Yeah, I agree with 'The Mommy', I think its the colours of your room that bring out the coloured lights better than the white ones in those pictures, but then again, it may look completely different to the naked eye!?

Team Wicanders said...

Hi Helen,
The colored lights are best when you turn out all the other lights in the house, and the colors bounce off the walls and mirrors. Magical. Thanks for sharing. About that cork floor...it may just be in your 2009 dreams. How does cork plank with microbevel sound, Greenguard certified, soft, warm, and healthy for your family? Check out our blog!
Cheers!
Team Wicanders

Michelle said...

I love the tree !!! We never really debated sorry Helen ..

Christy said...

I'm all about the white lights. I think it's leaves a cleaner, softer look.......

Helen said...

thanks everybody! Hey-- the cork folks found me:-) I do love the idea of cork. Soft on the legs and feet for standing, green and renewable. Just need some $$. I want it in my kitchen too!

CT said...

It wouldn't be Christmas without all the colors...my vote is colored lights all the way! - CT

BonTons said...

I like the coloured lights better, they seem to sparkle more. Lucky that you can have it either way, who's in charge of the remote? lol
Thanks for sharing your tree!

Beth said...

I want to be all childlike and carefree and vote for colored, but the truth is that I love the simplicity of white.