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December 1, 2010

Our First Christmas Tree

The Christmas edition of life lessons has begun! Our tree is up, lesson #1: Pay closer attention when drilling the hole for the stand… After much adjusting we finally found the position that looks the least crooked from the front door. Once you’re in the house and walking around, well, let’s just hope no one stands back and analyzes it.


The lights are on! Lesson #2: Buy WAY more lights than you think you will need. Lesson #3: Spread the lights out, every single branch does not need to be wrapped. I bought 500 lights, thinking that would be more than enough for a 7-ish foot tree. That covered about 1/3 of the tree, so I made a trip to Lowe’s and bought 400 more. Not sure why I thought that would be enough. About 40 minutes later I was off to Lowe’s again. 500 more lights later the tree is done! (For those of you not keeping track, that’s 1400 lights; probably WAY too many but there’s no going back now!)

Lights, lights and more lights!

To add to the fun of the light situation, Tim (my husband) selected the most prickly tree possible: a Blue Spruce. For those of you who have not yet selected a live Christmas tree, do not pick a blue spruce. My arms are still stinging and I wore big leather gloves. I think I have an idea of what people mean when they suggest torture with a million tiny paper cuts. Tim’s first comment upon seeing the tree, “It’s almost too bright to look at.” Which has led to my new house rule: He who picks the tree, lights the tree.

After all that, we finally turned on the Christmas music, made some hot cocoa and put the decorations up together. That part was fun! Truth be told, I had fun putting the lights on too, even with spiky needles and light issues. It is a good looking tree, and we love it!

Timmy Trimming the Tree

Life lesson #4: There is always enough Christmas Spirit to get you through the trying Christmas preparations if you just remember why you’re doing it all.

Lighting the tree

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom permalink
    December 1, 2010 12:34 pm

    WOW! It looks beautiful!

  2. Auntie Pam permalink
    December 1, 2010 2:03 pm

    How beautiful! Thank you for sharing your first tree with all of us.

  3. Aunt Martha permalink
    December 1, 2010 2:11 pm

    Your tree turned out beautiful!

  4. Dad permalink
    December 2, 2010 3:53 pm

    Looks great. you might want to drinking a little bit before lighting the tree. Serves as an effective anesthesia and you won’t care as much about how many lights are on it.

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