Ball Of Lights

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Many show visitors have commented and asked about the ball of lights that is in one of the large trees of the right side of the yard.  This string of lights became my Christmas light tradition due to an event years ago.  The story is as follows:

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One night at a Church meeting a friend of mine asked when I was going to put up my Christmas lights.  I told him that I did not put up lights at Christmas as there was little reason for me to do so.  He commented that I should since I was an Engineer and the fact that Engineers are known for attention to detail as well as going the extra mile to get things just right.  I still had no interest in putting up lights.  Well my friend kept on badgering me and I decided that enough was enough.  I told him that I would put up lights if that would make him happy.  So off to the store I go with grand plans for Christmas lights.  As I walked around trying to decide what to do a moment of inspiration occurred to me.  An epiphany of sorts….

I purchased a single string of lights and went home.  After some planning I installed my lights and called my friend.  I told him that I had my Christmas lights up and he was welcome to come and check them out.  Later that night he and his wife came by.  You can imagine his surprise as he sees a single string of lights wadded up into a ball, hung high on my house for everyone to see.  We got a real good laugh and the thing that surprised me was the amount of positive comments I got from my neighbors about that string of lights as compared to the other elaborate displays in that neighborhood.  Since that time I have hung that single ball of lights to remind me of my Christmas light beginnings as well as give me a measure of how far I have progressed by the Grace of God.  The lights I have now are a gift that I give to you in the hopes that we focus on Family and Friends and share the true meaning of Christmas.

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An few interesting facts about the lights I use:

  • The ball of lights is the only string of incandescent lights in the display.  I replace, on average, three incandescent light bulbs per show season.
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  • All other lights in the display including the 22′ Christmas tree are LED’s.  I have not replaced any LED’s in the Christmas tree or other LED light strings since I began this adventure years ago!
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  • The incandescent lights consume more power in one night of use than all of the LED’s and supporting equipment combined will consume in 1 week!
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