Christmas is coming. (Yes, at my house we still call it CHRISTmas. Not "the holidays" or "winter break.") Anyhow, last week I dragged out the BIG Christmas tree from it's storage area in the garage, and put it together. Last year I put up the little tree, and it just wasn't the same.
the BIG tree is 7 1/2 feet tall and is one of those "pre-lit" jobbies. I got it all together and found that half of one row of lights didn't work. Too many years have passed to return the tree to Hobby Lobby where I purchased it. So, I spent two hours tracking down the problem, only to find that one of the sockets, way in the back near the "trunk" of the tree has a weird connector and the wire splits and goes two different directions after making a 180 degree turn in the connector, and that's where the current ends. (I had a special tool that detects the current in the wire, I am not an electrician). Obviously the wire is broken, thus the outage. I simply turned that portion of the tree to the back. Yesterday I carried in the ornaments and after putting on about 2/3 of them decided that "less is more." No one else really cares what my tree looks like anyhow, and I have to take it all down and put it away after Christmas, so I stopped decorating. I think it looks beautiful. Usually, the tree is so full of ornaments that one cannot enjoy each and every one, so this year I spaced them out and by doing that, I remember them one by one and the "story" that goes with each one.
I put up a few of my collection of Nativities. One is a small Victorian-era set and another is a hand carved set from Haiti. I always put out the one we got Kiddo when he was little. It's soft pliable plastic and the figurines are "kids." Those, along with a music box is the extent of my decorating so far. I keep thinking of other things I want to get out, so probably today I will rummage around in the garage and find the rest of the cherished, memory-holding things that seem to make the Christmas season a little brighter!