Christmas tree lights – now with 100% less frustration!

I love Christmas! Opening presents, eating Santa’s cookies, and watching The Christmas Story & The Sound Of Music for the umpteenth time. But there is one activity I don’t look forward to – and that is putting lights on my Christmas tree.

Do my lights get tangled? Nope. I make sure to carefully wrap them each year to avoid this exact frustration. Roshan: 1; Xmas lights: 0. Do my lights stop working because of one burnt-out bulb? Nope. I always save all my extra bulbs in a ziplock bag packed away with the lights each year. Roshan: 2; Xmas lights: 0.

So where’s the poop? (all you How I Met Your Mother fans out there will recognize that saying)

Well – if you are like me – you like to have the lights on as you wrap them around the Christmas tree. Not only does it make it easier to track what you’re doing, but it also gives you a sense of accomplishment as you do it. But here’s the problem – you have to keep plugging & unplugging the lights as you walk around the tree to avoid getting them tangled around the tree trunk. Come on people! This is America! There has got to be a better way! Christmas lights

My idea is simple. So simple, in fact, that I am surprised it doesn’t already exist (or at least I haven’t seen a solution heavily marketed next to the Christmas tree lights in the aisle). The idea is to create a portable outlet that I can hold on to as I move around the tree. I imagine a small box powered by a D battery (or two) with a standard plug outlet on one side. You plug the light cord into the box, then string up the lights around the tree as you walk around it. Once the lights are up, unplug the light cord from the box and plug the cord into the wall.

I haven’t done a post yet about Quirky (think crowd-sourced product development) – but I think this product would be right up their alley.


  1. Alex V
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 23:59:00

    Great idea. Speaking of untangable Christmas lights – time for someone to invent untangable smartphone earbuds, please!


    • Roshan
      Apr 24, 2013 @ 12:42:05

      Funny – a lot of people seem to have issues with tangled earbuds. I see ideas submitted to Quirky all the time about yet another way to solve this problem (here’s one I bought – works so-so). I suppose Bluetooth headsets solve the problem, though then you have to remember to keep them charged.


      • Alex V
        Apr 24, 2013 @ 18:13:13

        Yeah I tried Bluetooth for a while but was disappointed in the call quality and battery life. Maybe these have advanced in recent years and it’s worth taking another look. The Wrapster looks pretty neat – still have to solve the ‘I’m in a hurry and want to stuff these earbuds into my pocket really quickly’ problem but it’s a step in the right direction!


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