After the stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the letters mailed to Santa, and the Christmas party invitations sent out, the real battle will begin—white lights or multi-colored ones?

While seemingly just a matter of personal preference, it's a question that has caused strife between family members since multi-colored lights were invented back in 1882. The holidays are full of wonder and joy, sure, but they are also filled with endless to-do lists and jam-packed calendars and the specter of family coming and expecting a Christmas to remember. The last thing anyone needs is a family fight over the color of Christmas lights, causing discord in the family around the already stressful holidays.

While the debate over colored vs white lights may seem trivial in the grand scheme of things, fights can pop up year after year as the old arguments spring up as people defend their visions, frequently drawing from their own childhood memories. Mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, and children all weigh in on what color lights they want to illuminate their Christmas. It's a debate that has been waged for years, with no end in sight (and USA Today has the tweets to prove it).

To help settle some disputes, here are some of the pros and cons of white lights vs colored lights:

White lights provide a blank canvas, they complement any décor, create a unified look, and are perfect for highlighting greenery, ornaments, and letting the more colorful decorations take center stage. They also add a sophisticated ambiance to a room, setting it aglow in a cool, peaceful light.

As for colored lights, they are sparkling good fun that scream holiday party and instantly transform a room from drab into festive. As the website Jezebel put it, "There's just something a little magical about bringing a big, riotous burst of color to a random corner of your living room." Colored lights are so vibrant that they could decorate a tree on their own, no ornaments required (although who would want that?)

As for which is more popular? Georgia's Christmas Lights Etc reported to the New York Times that 70 percent of the lights they sell are white. That doesn't mean the majority are right, though. When it comes to Christmas, follow your heart. If your family disagrees with your vision, consider alternating between colored and white lights each year.

Now that the lights question is settled, you can start arguing about the eggnog recipe.

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