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The Old Christmas Tree Lights™ site is an attempt by the webmasters of Family Christmas Online™ to restore and preserve Bill and George Nelson's research and observations about the history of Christmas tree lighting for future readers. Our forum pages are a place for real people interested in antique Christmas lighting and related topics to share information, ask questions, and post unique finds.

"Under Construction" Note: I don't usually post pages that are "under construction," but we are trying something new here. We were receiving so many signup attempts from scammers that two years ago, we shut down the automatic registration feature and tried to keep up with vetting and registering new members manually. But after two years of time-consuming site maintenance issues, we have gotten quite far behind. And, sadly, most people whom we went to the trouble of signing up manually never actually bothered to participate anyway. So we have changed our process again, from having a simple "registration" to an actual application process, which includes:

  • Re-enabling the automated registration page so applicants can enter their own information instead of waiting until I have a chance to do it for them.

  • Requesting information that scammers and other people with bad intentions usually can not or will not supply,

  • Adding steps that scammers will never bother with, such as requiring at least one relevant post.

In the meantime, we are testing this page, so what we're saying here isn't, technically working yet. We will remove this notice when it is. We apologize for any inconvenience, but if you want to be notified when the new features are activated, please use our Contact page, and we'll let you know.

If You Want to Join Our Discussion Forum, there are now four steps, plus we insist on knowing who you really are. No one but the site administrators will ever see that information, of course. 

Here are the four steps you must follow.  If you need help with any of them, please use our Contact page to let us know what you need help with. 

  1. Go to the Forum page, click on the word "Register" in the top left hand corner of that page, and fill out every required field on the application form with real information.
  2. Once you have submitted the form, return to this page and enter the following information in the form below, then hit the "submit" button: 
    1. Your real first and last name
    2. Your e-mail address
    3. The Nickname/User Name you plan to use on the forum (the one you specified on the application page).  We need this to separate your application out from the dozens of fake application we get every day.
    4. Your zip code

  3. Once you have received your password, please log in to the system and change it to something you will remember by using the User Control Panel/Profile/Edit Account Settings menu (User Control Panel is in the upper right corner of the page).  If you don’t receive your password within 8 hours of submitting your registration, please contact us using this page.
  4. While you are logged in, go to the "Who Am I" page and introduce yourself, telling the other members something about your interest in the hobby.  Your message will not appear until your membership is approved, but it is a necessary part of the process.  If you received your password and can’t log in, please contact us using this page as soon as possible.  

You must finish all four steps within 24 hours of submitting your initial application or your application will go into our spam file for deletion with the dozens of other incomplete or fake applications we received every day.

Finally, if you fail to provide required information or if we determine that you have provided false information, we will delete your application and/or revoke your membership without notice.  This may sound harsh, but with thousands of fake signups a year, we don't have time for people who are more interested in beating the system than in becoming a true part of the team.

If you have made an honest attempt to sign up and you never received your welcome email and password, first check your spam filter.  Then, if your welcome e-mail and password is not there, please let me know that in the comments section below.

Thanks for getting in touch!

Paul Race and the other contributors of Family Christmas Online.

For more information, contact us through our Contact Page, or

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Thanks, and have a blessed Christmas season this year,

Paul Race
Old Christmas Tree Lights™
Family Christmas Online™

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