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Often awe-inspiring, holiday lighting displays present a perfect
opportunity for communities and individuals to showcase their
Safety should always be a priority when stringing Employ the buddy system. When
holiday lights both inside and outside a home. e stringing lights, always work with at least one other
National Fire Protection Association notes that, person. is makes it safe for homeowners who must
between 2009 and 2014, re departments responded climb ladders to string lights on especially tall trees
to home res that started with Christmas trees an and/or on their home exteriors.
average of 210 times annually. Lighting displays Avoid working in inclement
strung on home exteriors can also pose safety risks. weather. e weather during the holiday season
Homeowners can use various strategies to safely can sometimes be unpleasant or unpredictable.
decorate their homes’ interiors and exteriors this Check the forecast before stringing exterior lights
holiday season. to ensure Mother Nature won’t pose a threat. Avoid
Choose a fresh tree. e NFPA hanging lights if the forecast predicts wet, icy or
recommends celebrants who prefer natural windy conditions that can make ladders unstable.
Christmas trees choose ones with fresh, green Turn lights off when going to bed
needles that do not fall o when touched. Dry trees and/or leaving the house. Interior and
are more likely to catch re. Adding water to the tree exterior holiday lights should not be left on when
stand each day will keep trees fresher longer. When no one is home or everyone inside is sleeping. If left
placing the tree, avoid heat sources, making sure it on overnight or when no one is home, lights may
is at least three feet away from replaces, radiators, contribute to res that damage homes and may even
candles, heat vents, or lights. prove fatal.
Check all lights before stringing Following some simple safety procedures when
them. All lights, inside and outside, should be decorating can ensure everyone enjoys a safe and
inspected prior to being strung. Look for any worn or happy holiday season.
broken cords and replace any defected lights.
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HYPOTHERMIA e arrival of cold weather provides
opportunities to romp in the snow, ski the
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a frozen pond. But spending time outdoors
LED holiday lights provide a more user- and eco- in the cold can result in a serious health
friendly alternative to traditional incandescent condition known as hypothermia.
bulbs. According to the O ce of Energy E ciency Hypothermia is de ned as a potentially
& Renewable Energy, the following are some of the dangerous decrease in body temperature
attributes that make LED holiday lights a superior usually caused by prolonged exposure to
alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs. cold conditions. WebMD says normal body
Safety: LED lights burn a lot cooler than traditional temperature is 98.6 F (37 C), and hypothermia
incandescent lights, reducing the risk of combustion. begins when body temperature falls below 95
And because they burn cool, they also reduce the F (35 C).
risk of burnt ngers. Early symptoms of hypothermia include
Sturdiness: Because they’re made with epoxy lenses shivering, fast breathing, cold and pale skin,
and not glass like traditional incandescent bulbs, tiredness, confusion, and slurred speech.
LED holiday lights are less likely to break. at can As body temperatures drop, shivering may
be especially bene cial to people with pets who stop and a person may faint. If left untreated,
might bump into the family Christmas tree. hypothermia may lead to cardiac and
Longevity: LED lights are initially more expensive respiratory arrest.
than more traditional lights. However, the OEERE To prevent hypothermia, health experts
notes that lights bought today may still be in use advise remembering the acronym COLD:
40 holiday seasons from now. at longevity makes Cover, Overexertion, Layers, Dry.
them well worth the higher initial investment. Cover: Wear protective coverings,
Ease of installation: LED lights are easily installed, including mittens and hats, to prevent body
and the OEERE says as many as 25 strings of LEDs heat from escaping through the extremities.
can be connected end-to-end without overloading a Overexertion: Avoid activities that
wall socket. at can ease the nerves of homeowners cause sweating. Together, wet clothing and
concerned about the potential hazards of elaborate perspiration can cause the body to lose heat
holiday lighting displays. more quickly.
Energy savings: LED lights consume considerably Layers: Loose- tting, layered clothing
less energy than incandescent lights, saving can o er protection from the cold and wind.
homeowners money on their energy bills, which Wool, silk or polypropylene insulate more
can skyrocket in December thanks to interior and e ectively than cotton.
exterior holiday lighting displays using incandescent Dry: Remaining as dry as possible is
lights. In fact, the OEERE estimates that, by 2027, essential. is includes getting out of wet
widespread use of LED lights could save consumers clothing promptly.
more than $30 billion at today’s electricity prices. Children and the elderly may need to wear
an extra layer or two than healthy adults
would wear in the same conditions. Drivers
should bring along blankets and emergency
supplies in the event a car breaks down in
Hypothermia is a risk any time of the year,
but particularly when the weather grows
chilly. Taking precautions to stay warm and
dry, and knowing the signs of a drop in body
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BAKING ‘Tis the season for baking cookies, cakes and
SHORTCUTS other treats. Holiday baking doesn’t have to add
to seasonal stress. With these tips and shortcuts,
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STICK WITH TESTED RECIPES
Although holiday bakers may want to branch out a
bit with their culinary creativity, recipes that have
previously been prepared with great success can take
some of the work out of holiday baking. Preparing
recipes you recall preparing in the past is much easier
than trying something new. If you’d like, add sparkle to
old standards, such as decorating oatmeal or chocolate
chip cookies with colored sprinkles.
COOKIES ARE FAST-BAKING
Did you know that cookies were originally made to
test oven temperatures? Culinary historians say that
cookies were rst made to test if an oven was hot
enough to bake other goods. Today, cookies can be
whipped up in mere minutes. Make a batch of dough
and then freeze or refrigerate it, thawing it when the
time comes to bake. Also, think about baking one day
and decorating the next if pressed for time.
EMBRACE COLORED CANDY MELTS
Icing can be tricky to master. Simply heating colored
candy melts and pouring over cakes or painting onto
cookies can add festive appeal to desserts. Candy
melts even come in many di erent colors and can be
combined to achieve the tint desired.
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THIPOS TLO ISDIMAPLIYFY
Hosting family and friends for the holidays guests to show how much they appreciate the
is a tall task. According to the Bureau hospitality of their hosts.
of Transportation Statistics, during the Plan a night out. In lieu of cooking at home, dine
Christmas/New Year holiday period, the out at an a ordable, family-friendly restaurant before
number of long-distance trips increases by 23 taking everyone to a local holiday light display or
percent compared to the rest of the year. bazaar. is gets everyone out of the house and
Holiday hosting can make an already hectic allows hosts to showcase their hometown pride.
time of year that much busier, as hosts must Rotate hosting duties. e holiday season is full
prepare their homes for guests in the midst of of traditions, and some hosts may feel beholden
holiday shopping excursions, o ce Christmas to tradition and o er to host each year. But family
parties and social engagements around the traditions are about getting together, not about
neighborhood and at kids’ schools. getting together in a particular place each year.
Holiday hosting does not have to run hosts ragged in Families who rotate hosting duties each year can
the days leading up to guests’ arrival. e following ensure one member of the family does not feel
are a handful of ways to simplify holiday hosting. overwhelmed time and time again. And sharing
Plan menus well in advance of guests’ arrival. hosting duties means someone new gets to avoid the
Hosts who plan their holiday menus in advance hectic holiday traveling season each year.
can get started on prep work several weeks before
guests arrive. Choose dishes that can be prepared
in advance and then frozen, so dishes need only be
defrosted and cooked once guests arrive.
Let guests pitch in. Some hosts may feel obligated
to cater to all of their guests’ needs during the
holiday season. But many guests want to pitch in
any way they can. If guests o er to do some holiday
baking or take the family out for dinner during
their visits, allow them to do so. is takes a little
responsibility away from hosts while also allowing
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Handmade gifts, trinkets and treats
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to try this holiday season.
Popcorn garland: Garland made of popcorn is a Wooden snow akes: Have children collect small
classic handmade holiday project. For a new twist, twigs from outdoors, as well as holly leaves and some
toss the popcorn with food coloring and allow it to sprigs of evergreen. Arrange similarly sized twigs in
dry before stringing for some bright color on the tree. the shape of snow akes and glue together, or tie with
Photo ornaments: Print out several di erent photos twine. Embellish with stickers, glitter, dried berries,
that you love. Purchase round or square thin wood and more.
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Mod Podge¨. When dry, drill a hole through the top their own ornaments, letting them dry and then
and thread with twine. painting them. Use cookie cutters to get perfect
Advent calendar: Make an Advent calendar to holiday shapes. Craft stores sell various types of
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Place the tree inside. is will provide a more
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Much of the focus of each holiday season is on gift-giving, but all those gifts will eventually
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Hesitant wrappers with a pile of gifts to wrap can use these tricks to make the process go
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Instead of looking at wrapping as yet another chore, Devote a bin or bins to wrapping supplies and tools.
try to envision how the recipient will feel peeling Having scissors, paper, tape, ribbon, and more in a
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draw on aspects of the gift itself. For example, a knit decorative edges on wrapping paper. Rotary cutters
scarf can be placed in a crocheted stocking. may be easier to use than scissors, especially when
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Wrapping rectangular boxes can be a snap, but what
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about placing oddly-shaped items inside another will keep the paper taut and neat and make it easier
item to make the shape more uniform. Shoe boxes, to cut and position. You risk tearing the paper or
co ee cans and even paper towel rolls can hold puncturing it when working on carpeting or bedding.
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To enable easy exchanges or returns, do not cut o recipient has his or her own special wrapping paper.
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