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The Old Christmas Tree LightsTM site is an attempt by the webmasters of Family Christmas OnlineTM 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.

Update for 2021 - This discussion forums have been plagued off and on by fake signups, and we've tried several ways of getting around it, none of them completely successful. In addition, due to a glitch on the part of our hosting provider, there was a time recently when you couldn't see anything unless you were signed in. We think we have that fixed, but we're still working on thinning out the fake signups.

In the meantime, we've gone back to a manual signup, which means that you fill out an application form and then we vet your answers and put you into the system manually. This is time-consuming for us, but it's the only way to keep out people who swear they just want to ask and answer questions about Christmas lights, then turn around and start posting ads for unspeakable products. On one of our sister sites, we learned that charging a small fee for membership eliminated 100% of those scammers. We haven't gone to that extreme on this site yet, but we will do whatever is necessary.

If You Want to Join Our Discussion Forum, we insist on knowing who you really are. It is the only way - besides charging for membership - that keeps the creeps out of the forums. Plus we need to know what name you want to use on the forum - it's the name you will use to sign in and the only name other forum users will see.

BTW, it's entirely possible to leave required fields blank or to post nonsensical information. The form doesn't vet for that. But we do, when we receive it, hint, hint. If we decide a form is too incomplete or erroneous to process, we will simply delete it without notification to the sender. Since we get hundreds of fake signups a week, you can see why we can't be bothered to keep going back to questionable applicants for more information.

Once you fill out the following form and hit "submit," we'll be notified by e-mail of your request.

We have to plug the information into the system manually at our end, so it doesn't happen automatically.

Once you have you plugged into the system, we'll notify you with an e-mail that includes a temporary password. We will also make you "full" members immediately, bypassing the "newly registered member" limitations on posting, etc. that the software includes by default.

You will also be automatically signed up for our "Christmas Times" newsletter. We used to send it out quarterly, though we had to discontinue it for a while. Hoping to get it going again soon.

We highly recommend that you change the password as soon as you log in.

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