By Rene Dial
Christmas is upon us and that fact of life for most people is having to store all of the holiday decorations. Even better storing them so that they are of some use next year and not broken or tangled up.
A popular item of Christmas decoration are icicle lights. Storing icicles lights are such a pain in the @$%. No matter what you do the dangling lights are going to get interwoven with the rest of the string. You can try wrapping them like an extension cord around your elbow moving up in a circular motion between your thumb and pointer finger. The next thing I have tried is wrapping them around a spindle such as the plastic holder from string. None of these methods work and the next year we spend hours cursing and pulling during what is supposed to be one of the happiest times of the year.
To help alleviate some of the stress inventors have been at it trying to invent the perfect storage device for icicle lights. How about an icicle light string carrier? This carrier works by wrapping the wire around a spindle leaving the “icicle” portion of the lights dangling. Question now is can you hold it till next Christmas or when you lay it down will the icicle portion become entangled?
The next invention is similar to the previous one in that the lights are left dangling to allow the icicle portion of the light string to hang and prevent them from entangling. This device works by connecting the string then rotating the lever at the top until the lights are wound around the spindle. This invention also has a base allowing for storage in an upright position.
Needless to say that since the invention of icicle lights and Christmas lights in general man has always sought a better way to store them. For now I will continue with the wrap around the arm technique. Saves me money and storage space because let’s be real who wants to find a place to store their storage device.
Let’s all have a very Merry Christmas and a safe holiday!
Enjoy the long weekend!