White Lights or Colored? Problem Solved!

Do you have a difference of opinion in your home as to which looks better on a Christmas tree ~ white lights or colored?  We sure did.  Every. Single. Year.

Finally we came up with a solution that made everyone happy.  Seriously.

We line our tree with both white and colored lights.  Yep.  It’s that simple.  I know what you’re thinking: Aren’t there a zillion light strands that show?  Nope.  No one has ever noticed.  And, they are totally surprised when I tell them.

And, thanks to my handy dandy father-in-law, he made it even simpler.  He adapted a double light switch so I can just flip the switch if I want the white lights (white switch) or the colored lights (black switch).  Or, if you’re like my kids and you want to light up the entire neighborhood, you’d flip on both!

It is amazing how simple of a solution it was!

If you don’t have a handy dandy father-in-law, just leave the cords unplugged near the outlet and plug in the one you like!

Or, if you have a touch sensor control ornament (here is an example of one on Amazon),  just plug in two and simply “touch” the ornament that operates the color you want.

I’m not really into flashing, blinking, strobing colored lights at the end of a busy day.  I like the calmness and serenity of white.  So, during the day, when the kids are running around, we light the tree with the tacky flashing lights.  In the evening when I want a little peacefulness, or if we have company and I want a warm ambiance, I turn on the white.

Merry Christmas!  I hope you enjoy your tree this year!

5 Responses to “White Lights or Colored? Problem Solved!”

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  1. Denise says:

    Ginny, what a GREAT idea! I have one of those handy dandy people in my life…only he’s my dad :). Thanks for the tip!


  2. Katharine says:

    This is fantastic! I’ve always liked white lights and this past Christmas my husband got new lights ..in color!!! They were on the tree when I found out. At this point I wasn’t going to get upset but I miss just the white lights. For this year I’ll have to figure out something like what you did. A choice!!!

  3. Tara says:

    I always liked white lights and my husband preferred colored lights so we actually put up two trees. We have one tree in our formal living room with white lights and blue and silver ornaments. The other tree with colored lights is in our family room with all of our family ornaments. We LOVE both trees!!

  4. SheilaB says:

    I’m usually white lights…I think it helps all the colorful ornaments stand out more! I want to see the tree with them both lit!! :)

  5. Teri Herzog says:

    Christmas lights for many years I used white, After Christmas last year I bought three boxes of chasing lights white, I was so excited Than decided I wanted colored lights also. My tree is gorgeous. Colored are blinking and white have ten different selections of speed its beautiful.

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