Every year on the weekend after Thanksgiving, we pull out the Christmas lights and plug them in to see if they still work. Inevitably, there are strands that don't and—my personal favorite—strands where only half the bulbs light up. Then we spend the rest of the afternoon swapping out bulbs and looking for the problem, only to give up in utter frustration after a few hours or days and head to the store to buy yet another string of lights at an exorbitant price.
But this year there's help for these holiday lighting dilemmas. When you discover one of these lighting emergencies, pick up your phone and call the Ulta Lit National Toll-Free Helpline at 1-888-Ulta Lit (888-858-2548). Beginning the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, a lighting expert will answer holiday lighting questions 7-days-a-week from 9 am to 5 pm (Central time). Ask them about your pre-lit trees, light strands for indoors and out, yard ornaments or lighted wreaths and take some of the stress out of decorating your home for the holidays.
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