It has been our family tradition since the kiddos were tiny to go to a Christmas tree farm and cut down our tree. This year, with our new house, I decided that it would be nice to have more than one tree. A formal tree for the living room and a fun tree in the family room. Not being willing to give up on the tradition of cutting down a tree, I decided that the live tree would go in the family room, but I liked the idea of a fake tree for the living room. Especially since the room is "cozier" (read that as small) and I thought a slim tree would work well.
The tree I chose is a 7' tall slim tree from Balsam Hill and it's the perfect size. So I was really excited when I pulled it out and set it up. That's when I started wishing I had chosen a pre-lit tree. (They make those now, Wendy). But no, some inexplicable side of me wanted to put the lights on the tree myself so I opted for an unlit version.
I pulled out the Christmas lights and started wrapping the tree with them. I was enjoying myself and the tree was quickly filling up with lights. My rule of thumb is approximately 1 strand of 100 lights for each foot of tree. I had more than enough strands. Or so I thought. Until one didn't light, and another one burnt out. You see it coming, right? I only got lights up half the tree, when I realized that I was going to have to run to the store.
I packed the boys in the car and we ventured out in the freezing cold (of course it was the coldest day of the year so far) to run to the grocery store for lights. I bought three packs. It would be the perfect amount to finish the tree. I got them home and my youngest helped me pull them out of the box. In my haste, I had purchased lights with white cord. Sigh.
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I tried to put the offending lights back in their box, ripping it in the process. I knew that I would find a use for the white-string lights, so I didn't worry about that package, and just stuffed the other two back in the bag, and headed back to the store. In the cold. And by now it was dark outside too.
I exchanged the two sets of lights for green-cord lights and headed home again. In retrospect, I really should have grabbed a third set to replace the one I left home. Oops.
I put the two strings of lights on the tree, and I rationalized that I would just wrap them a little looser so that they would make it around the rest of the tree. Which is what I did. By this time, it was late at night and I was getting tired. I looked at the tree and decided the lights were good enough and I would leave them as is. Until my oldest came in and asked why the very top of the tree had "no lights on it". Sigh.
So the next morning, I was back at the store buying one more string of lights. I unwrapped my work from the previous night and re-wrapped it with the additional string. Finally, the lights were perfect. I had half a mind to leave the tree with just lights and the star on top which the kids had pulled out and made me put up. And I did for a day or so - it was actually very pretty.
But not to worry, the tree is now all decorated...I'm just saving the "reveal" for later. Y'all come back now ya hear!
Special thanks to Balsam Hill for providing me with my beautiful Christmas Tree. I love the tree...the light issues are my fault. ;)