Much like a child waiting to speak with Santa Claus, I am one of those people who just can’t wait to trim the Christmas tree. Thanksgiving dinner is barely cold and the dishes washed and put away when I head for the closets that hold all of that glittery goodness.
For the past several years, we have sought fresh trees to decorate. There is something incredibly special about the scent of pine that greets visitors who come to the door. But, like many things, a real tree can have its challenges. Last year would have been one of those years.
We had given up the idea of using our large, pre-lit tree for the family room. The year before, half of the lights had mysteriously gone out about half way through the holiday season, leaving a rather tall, sad tree looming in the corner. Instead of buying a new tree for just part of the season, we instead added more lights to the darkened middle. It was not perfect, but it was certainly much better than looking at a not-so-grand Christmas tree.