Good Questions: Creative Christmas Light Tips?

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Hello AT,

I love the look and sparkle of christmas lights and I have managed to find strings in several interesting non-holiday colors.

My question is do I use them around my house in a sophisticated way (if that's possible)? I need help coming up with something creative but I don't want to end up with a living room that looks like a dorm room.

Thanks! Meredith

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Dear Meredith,

We find that when you hang xmas lights out in plain sight and in decorative curve and shapes, they smack of xmas. However, if you use them as a light source and either hide them along door frames, at the wall/ceiling line, or just inside of a closet they cast a lovely light and don't smack of reindeer at all.

Anyone else?

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