It is a tradition in our home that the Christmas Tree goes up the day after Thanksgiving. It sometimes takes several days to get all of the ornaments on the tree but at least the tree is up and the lights are on by Friday. It is official…kicking off the Christmas Season begins with Trimming the Tree!
We have an artificial tree that my husband loves. Every year my husband will say, “I love that tree!” and I will say “Tell me why you love that tree”. He proceeds to divide the original cost of the tree by the number of years we have had it and he then announces….That tree only costs us $20 this year. Now I don’t know where you can get an eight foot noble fir-tree for $20 but acdording to my husband we have one. I love it because once it is decorated it looks beautiful and no one knows the difference.
The guys haul the original tree box out of the attic and the process begins. First we sort the branches by size. Then row by row we fluff the branches and attach them to the tree one layer at a time. When a row of branches are in place the lights are added, one row at a time. This way I can make sure every branch gets its fair share of the lights.
Next we begin checking the lights to make sure they are in working order. However, almost every year without fail there will be at least 2 strings of lights with only 1/2 of the lights working. This usually causes the tree trimming to come to a screeching halt until additional strings of lights are purchased.
This year was no exception. There were two strings of lights that were beyond repair. So off to the big box store I went…first attempt resulted in the wrong size and color of lights. So the next day back to the big box store to find the right lights…I was looking for mini teardrop shaped lights in warm white. Hobby Lobby…no luck! Wal-Mart…again no luck! Target…after much digging and searching for a plug to check the color of the lights when lit, Ding..ding..ding…we have a winner! Thank you Target!!! Now we can kick off the Christmas Season by trimming the tree!