By the way this was helpful. My John has never had an artificial tree so I was trying to tell him how we used to all help and put it together for Christmas!
I've gotta say, putting up that tree looks like more trouble than putting up the lights. And if I ever get a fake tree, it will be one with the lights built in so I don't have to do the lights anymore. I really like having a real tree, but it seems that I'm in a minority these days. And I hate that my taking-down schedule is dictated by the fire department's tree pickup schedule. (I like to keep the tree up through all 12 days of Christmas, until Jan. 6 -- I hate that people think Christmas is over at the new year. But I guess since retail starts up with Christmas after Halloween, we're sick of it by the time Christmas actually arrives....)
This is unrelated to your post, but I wanted to get this info out to all my knitting friends (which I am not) because I thought these were really cute!http://cocoknits.com/knit/garments/accessories/balletflats.html
But the trouble with pre-lit trees is, the useful life of the tree itself is 10-20 years, while the useful life of the lights is much less. So unless you like fixing the lights (instead of tossing them and getting new) you have big blank spots in the tree.
Anonymous, we completely agree with you, which is why it's an unlit tree. We had numerous strings of lights fail this year - guess we hit some magic milestone.And you never have to trim a fake tree to get it to stand straight.
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