Blue Christmas

When I finally got around to stringing up the outdoor Christmas lights this year there was a big surprise waiting at local stores: the shelves were practically cleaned out of holiday lights.

It used to be that lights were so abundant that you could go out after Christmas and get great deals for next year; don’t count on it this season.

Laura Northrup, local journalist, hamster enthusiast, and weekend editor at The Consumerist wrote of the nationwide shortage, “Somewhere, Clark Griswold weeps.”

Every store I went to was nearly sold out —but I ended up with several strands of white LED lights. The package said “bright white” but the LED’s have a decidedly weird blue tint. So much so that my son Alex came home from college and said, “Happy Hanukkah, Dad. You want me to get the menorah out of the basement?”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m down with Hanukkah —but these LED people better figure out a way to make “bright white” lights that give off the same warm golden glow of their incandescent cousins. Until then, pass me the dreidel.

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