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Getting a Bit Festive

December 13, 2022

Mr. K and I started putting up our Christmas tree tonight after dinner, the tall skinny pre-lit one my mom gave us because she thought we should put it in our front hall. I say started because we never got to the putting on ornaments part due to struggles with the lights. More struggles than we had the last time we put it up two years ago. This time it wasn’t just individual bulbs that needed replacing (though there were plenty of those) but whole strings gone dark. Some of them came on after we jiggled the branches and bulbs. Two did not. Frustrating as that was, I was cheered by finally being able to justify all the bread bag tags I’ve saved—I used them to mark bad bulbs, and later, to flag branches where I’d gone through and jiggled each bulb to see if it was loose.

Close up of an artificial Christmas tree. There is a burned out white bulb near the center of the photo with a white bread bag tag fastened on the wire below the bulb's base.

 
We eventually gave up on one of the strings that wasn’t working. Mr. K took it off the tree, which was quite a laborious process since it was wound in there in an intricate manner with no discernible pattern (it turned out it wasn’t a string of lights, but a loop of them). He replaced it with a string of M&M lights we’ve had for years. This led to a bright colorful belt of light high on the tree, at least for now until we can redistribute the candy shaped light covers.

Skinny Christmas tree with a lit star at the top. Has mostly white lights except for a band of orange, red, yellow, and green M&M shaped ones about a third of the way down.

 
Enjoy the party now, guys, because I’m coming to break it up tomorrow.

Close up of Christmas tree with orange, red, yellow, and green M&M lights.

 
This may be the last year for this tree. It’s definitely the last year for the lights it came with on this tree. We could pull off all the strings and get some LED ones to use instead, winding them around the old fashioned way each year. We’ll see. That decision can be put off for quite a while.

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One Comment
  1. Bev Says:

    Half of the lights on our pre-lit tree stopped working–the ones in the middle. My son got another string of lights and now the tree looks great.

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