Saturday, November 29, 2008

The tree is up

We set up the tree today, which is a week earlier than usual, but we won't be here for the week of Christmas so we figured we might as well do it now and get the added enjoyment of it.

All of the traditional things went into it.

The dragging out of boxes from their long storage in clothing closets

The finding of clothing long missing because it fell behind the boxes

The mad rush to open the ornament & light boxes and spread it all around the living room & the attendant rush to prevent that happening.

The unpacking and unfolding of the tree

The hunt for the power cord

The hanging of the ornaments by the boys along with the accompanying telling of the stories behind the ornaments (we have a lot of ornaments from our own childhoods)

The correction of ornament placement (the boys have a tendency to put 2-3 ornaments on one branch)

The taking of photos by DH, with the yearly dying of the batteries (both the new Nikon D40 and the old Olympus had their batteries fail)

This is followed by DH's annual rant on the evils of manufacturers that create things that need special rechargeable batteries rather than just taking easily replaced AAs

This was, as usual, followed by the traditional cussing out of the tangled outdoor lights and its matching 'find the outdoor extension cord' game.

The new event this year was the mystery of the missing indoor lights. We have or had, 3 long strands of multi colored lights that we string around the living room. They are no where to be found.

All this took about an hour to accomplish.

Why so little time?

The tree is only 3 feet tall.


2TooManyHats said...

How fun - I must say the ranting and cussing seems to be a tradition here too - those outdoor lights are never fun.

I bet the boys loved it all.

Our dd is out of town until tomorrow afternoon, we are hoping ot get the tree up then - cannot decorate when one of our kidlets is missing.

Tess said...

We usually put ours up for Thanksgiving but i wanted a new one this year and glad I waited because we got one on sale and it was prelit and THIS is the way to go if you dontwant the headaches! lol

Heather (How to be a Woman..?) said...

LOL!!! You got me there at the end. all that for a teeny weeny twee. Very funny!

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Helene said...

Funny story!! That's the the fun about traditions putting up the tree...there always has to be such chaos. It's just par for the course!!

Charming Lamb said...

I have a funny...last year we put up the tree, but never got around to decorating it!

It finally became our joke and we just left it that way. This year it is up AND decorated. I feel so accomplished. LOL

Connie said...

Now that is too funny! What a rant over a wee tree!

Jess said...

Don't need a big one if you're going out of town for Christmas.

Doré said...

It looks like we will finally be putting our tree up tonight. Is it bad that I'm kinda dreading it?

Anonymous said...

We set up for Christmas, too! Was at a friends house and they have every room, just the living room. More than enough to get in the spirit :-) (Aimee-journey2learn)