Truth be told, there's probably a little bit of Clark Griswold in each of us, so I'm sharing some great lights I found this year, an alternative to the electric lights. This is NOT a paid post, but if either of these companies (or the battery makers) want to fund my holiday, now's your chance.
The first is 'Little Lites' (from Big Lots). These are just as the label states: battery-operated, LED warm white light set (not those laser beam blue lights). They have a built-in timer with a push button to turn on for six hours, then they go off for eighteen, and repeat each day. The battery pack even has two different hooks so you can hang it - a teacup c-shape hook, and/or a snap-on clip so you can hang it over a wire shelf or wood as much as a half inch thick or so. At $5 a pop, I bought a six, knowing they'd come in handy, maybe even after the holidays. They take two D batteries (which aren't cheap), but a friend who has used these lights swears the batteries last a good five months. Sold!
I have a third strand of the lights on otherwise unused wine rack over a wet bar, where I hung a wreath that was without lights. There are no electrical outlets near this area, so the 'Little Lites' were perfect. I was able to clip the battery pack on the rack in the back, out of sight.
Frontgate's Luminara® flameless dream window candles for our 22 house windows. I read customer reviews, which were overwhelmingly positive, took advantage of a special offer, and got a good price on these back in early October. Good thing, because they seem to sell out quickly (I couldn't even find the link on their website to show them here, but my link does show a video of the lights and how they work - a very realistic, flickering flame).
While on the subject of lights, one other big lighting task I
The little lanterns are what I use on the stairway (pictured on the treads in the photo below). The tealights and candles are much cheaper now, but were not when I started using them years ago. Each of these candles takes one of those flat, nickel-sized batteries you see pictured on the workshop table. I remove every.single.one of those batteries each year, and place them in my silver chest, not touching each other, to try extending the battery life.