Christmas is about traditions for me, not about the latest trend or the latest gadget. It's about a healthy dose of fatty food and holiday music, a good measure of red & green, and a whole bunch of hugs and laughter!
How to string lights for Christmas tree - cool! Before I had only seen the "wind around and around until each strand runs out" routine. Maybe this would make replacing burnt-out strands easier? The whole article has good ideas from this veteran tree-decorator, like mixing sizes/types of lights.
An spray paint green holiday bulbs gold to get a super polished look. | 19 Super Cozy Ways To Use String Lights In Your Home; Unscrew the bulbs, place the cord on a drop cloth in a well-ventilated area, and spray paint.