So last I left you...I'd had a change of plans with my Christmas decorating.
I couldn't get my green stuff out of the garage.
So I decided to do the white tree again.
I had no choice.
I had the white tree stored inside where it is safe and sound.
I got it out to put it up and almost all the lights have quit working.
How did this happen on a tree that worked when I took it down last year
and has been stored inside all the year long?
I was so upset at the thought of trying to figure out why they weren't working...
I nearly threw the tree out.
I couldn't afford a new tree.
I was so upset I quit decorating and went in and laid on the sofa and watched
a lot of tv....like a whole lot of tv...I slept and watched and mostly slept
avoiding the obvious. I was going to have to make that tree work.
Tonight I came home from work with a new sense of merriment and a plan.
"I'd just take off all the lights and string on new ones!"
How hard could that be?
A few hours of work at worst.
Well, six hours later...I finally finished.
Taking the lights off a pre-lit tree was quite the chore.
It was at one point turning into a bloody Christmas.
My hands are torn up from trying to get the lights off the thing.
I don't EVER want to do that again.
(I am now concerned about the workers in China that make these things to begin with.
Their hands must be terribly messed up all the time.
I'm really worried about this. It must be a terrible job - attaching lights to pre-lit trees.)
I thought I'd put several hours into it tonight and have the tree up and decorated.
The tree is up but not a single bauble on it.
At one point...as I cut light strings trying to untangle the mess...I truly almost
decided no Christmas here this year.
But you know what?
Once I finally got the tree up and standing straight and all the lights lit...suddenly
a little bit of Christmas filled the air.
It's here! It's here!
I thought it wasn't going to come...but I was wrong...it was just severely delayed.
I mean I've really been struggling.
This was suppose to be a great Christmas with all the trimmings.
My last two were not so good and this one was suppose to be THE one.
The one where I could decorate with wild abandon.
But so far the things that are usually simple are giving me grief.
This is why you are suppose to start early.
I know this...but I never learn.