Thursday, November 19, 2009

Oh, Christmas Tree

I have just spent the last hour unwinding the lights on my pre-lit tree. I spent the hour before that trying (unsuccessfully) to find the loose connection that was stopping the big section of lights in the middle from working. At this point, my nice, fake, low-maintenance tree has taken about twice the work of a real one. And it isn't even decorated yet.

The tree arrived yesterday. I know I should've just taken it back, but once I had it together, the idea of taking it apart, packing it up again and lugging it back to the store with kids in tow was just too much to bear. Also, there is the slight possibility that the lighting malfunction may have had something to do with the fact that Rosemary's Baby, seeing a full-sized TREE in our living room, couldn't believe his luck and tried to climb it. Both he and the tree ended up in a horizontal position on the floor. So this one time, it may not be the fault of Sears. Though they still have a lot to answer for in the women's underwear department.

All of this would be less galling if I wasn't still feeling a bit under-the-weather. This cold has gone on long enough. But I've promised Firstborn a tree-trimming party tonight, complete with hot chocolate and marshmallows. I'm going to rest up today, and hopefully I'll be in the mood for it by then.

In the meantime, I can't believe it, but I have pine needles to sweep up.


Janine said...

Rosemary's Baby is a hoot!! Although I live in Ontario! LOL!!
I still have to do the real tree thing. I can't bring myself to get a fake one. I grew up with those silver fake jobs and I hated them. Still like chopping it down and dragging it into the house. We have some very funny tree stories so they make for a good chuckle during the season of stress!!
Have a fun tree trimming party! Need a pic when you are done!

In Real Life said...

Oh my goodness - that would be frustrating! It's working now though, right? It will be so nice to decorate it tonight, and the hot chocolate afterward will be delicious! My daughter's birthday is at the beginning of December, so we wait until after her birthday to decorate for Christmas, but I am getting excited.

Suburban Princess said...

Ugh my cat used to do the same thing!

We wanna see pics of the party!

Dimple said...

This sounds like a typical case of best laid plans. Or maybe Murphy's law!
Anyhow, after Rosemary's Baby has crashed for the night, take a deep breath, remember how much you love him, forgive Sears, and enjoy your tree. Hopefully there will be many fewer pine needles to sweep up than in previous years.

So Now What? said...

That visusal of RB and the Christmas tree horizontal on the floor made me giggle. That's what kids were invented for - breaking our shit. Hope you feel better soon - Bern

Savvy Gal said...

have a cold is terrible, i am just recovering.... yikes. is it time for tree decor already??? where have i been?

mellisarock said...

Tried to climb it? Oh I could totally see one of my kids doing that!! Hope that you feel better soon!

Martinis or Diaper Genies? said...

I am scared of the pre lit tree. what do you do if a strand goes out?

Tater Tot Mom said...

Hot chocolate with marshmallows always makes everything better! I am planning on putting up our tree soon. We put ours against a wall and I'm a little embarrased to say that several times I have anchored it to the wall with a tether so that Spencer wouldn't climb the thing. Doesn't help that the cats think it's a scratching post!