For just a few moments yesterday I was beginning to feel a lot like Scrooge. I usually try to get my Christmas tree put up the day after Thanksgiving, but that didn't happen this year. Let's just say that, now that I'm retired, I can't seem to find time to do anything!
So-o-o, yesterday was the day to get my tree up. You have to understand that this is a very old tree, where you put the branches in one at a time. (Of course you can see by the picture that we also have a very old TV and an old heating system--radiators. Actually, it's just a very old house! But I digress.) It was my husband's tree and this is the third year I've put it up, so that part went fairly well. HOWEVER, stringing the lights was an entirely different story. In the first place, I have about 10 strings of lights, with no 2 being exactly alike. I found one that I thought was long enough for the whole tree, so I proceeded to string them. I ended up with too many lights at the top. So I took it off and went for a shorter string. Alas, it was too short, and I didn't have one that I could connect to it and still have a plug for my star. So I took that one off, went back to the first string, and tried to get more lights at the bottom, so that it would work out better at the top. Since I was by now exhausted, I left them on, but it is certainly unique, in that it has rather uneven lighting--heavier in some places, not enough in others. You can also tell from the picture, that there are too many cords showing in between. BUT, I am finished with lights! They will remain as they are.
Trimming the rest of the tree was sort of an anti-climax to the trauma I had with the lights. However even that leaves a lot to be desired. The problem is, I have certain ornaments that have sentimental value, but some of them aren't real beautiful, and then most of them are one of a kind, and it's hard to get a well balanced tree.
Now that I've had an evening to sit and enjoy my lights, I've decided that I'm very special. I am very certain that no one in the United States, or elsewhere for that matter, has a tree exactly like mine. In fact, maybe it should be displayed at that Christmas Store that Dee visited. (See One foot out of the box blog, as I don't think my link worked for some reason)
I have made a monumental decision after having this experience. I am going to be right there at the after-Christmas sales, and find a nice pre-lit tree on sale, and bring it home to have ready for next Christmas.