|Tree done! And complete with demon guard dog.|
Tree up I would start sorting through the lights. Ah, the lights. The tangled mess that came out of the boxes every year even though we swore we would put them back more neatly. But I was young with small fingers and vast amounts of determination and patience and so they got sorted. That sorting included figuring out what strings needed new bulbs as these were the years when the string didn't work unless ALL the bulbs did. Usually there were enough working bulbs that you could at least make sure every string did actually work before putting it on the tree.
Next came the decorations. Before removing each one carefully from their musty smelling egg like cartons the hooks had to be found and untangled (they were usually in the same state as the lights). Each decoration was prepared and then carefully placed on the tree. At first we would make sure that even the back of the tree got a few and then we'd get tired and just want it finished! Then there was nothing left but to turn on the lights, well, the one string that worked, and take in the sight. Garland and tinsel came later--after the lights were sorted.
|Christmas Tree 2013|
|Cat helps with raising of tree|