I am pretty sure that this Christmas will be forever remembered and recounted at future Thompson Christmases as the time that Flora blew up the Christmas lights.
I picked up some Christmas lights at Target on our recent trip home to the US, and hung them on our S$20 plastic Christmas tree. When I plugged the lights in, I noticed they were shining very brightly, but that just made me even more excited about our crappy little tree. Then Jeff came home, and the lights started going out with a little pop sound, few by few. He wondered why the lights were so bright (our entire living room was illuminated just with the Christmas lights). Then he turned to me and asked if I bothered to check the voltage on the Christmas lights...the voltage in Singapore is 220v, but our lights were 110v. Christmas FAIL!
We hope everyone has a happy and memorable holiday this year.
Jeff and Flora