Oh, Little Christmas Tree

12.21.2015

I have had my tabletop tree decorated since right after Thanksgiving. It is usually the first thing I decorate when I pull out the boxes and bins. The tree seems to set the tone for the rest of the decor.


Even though it has been decorated for awhile I noticed something didn't look quite right a few days ago,

I layered a new tree skirt over an old quilt.

Yes, one week before Christmas a line of lights right slap dab in the middle of the tree had gone out!
I didn't think the newer trees had a whole line to go out if one bulb went out, but apparently since this tree was bought at Hobby Lobby last year theirs still do. UGH!

So off to the store I went to buy some lights and add them to the tree. I didn't want the tree to be dark in the center since it will be up awhile longer. Plus I have family coming and the grands will want a bright tree not a dark one.

I went to three stores before I found the lights I needed. Then I picked up a box of 200 thinking that should be more than enough.

I came home, took everything off the tree and started over. I'm adding the lights and then.....what? 200 were not enough so back to the store for another box. Yes, this is the way it goes around here quite frequently. grrrrrr

Put the second set of lights on and then put all the ornaments, sprigs, feathers and the plaid ribbon back on. Since the tree is small it really didn't take long. This is why I love my small tree.




I'm actually glad this happened because twice as many lights looks much better.
After all the saying is...... merry and bright.

Four more days!

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16 comments:

  1. Kim, this sounds like my life! The tree is beautiful. Hoping you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

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  2. I was sitting in my living room looking at my tree one night last week and kept thinking that something didn't look quite right. The whole top was dark! I didn't have time to do anything right then and thought I would just take care of it when I had more time at the end of the week. The next day, my daughter said she noticed more light suddenly and that lights had come back on. Something must have been loose in that top string of lights, but like you, I thought it would just be one bulb out, not the whole string.

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  3. I finally got rid of the trees that lose an entire string of lights when one bulb is burned....I have a friend who bought an unlighted tree and put great quality lights in it and truly looks gorgeous...Cute tree and love the layered skirting!....and yes, the more lights the better!....the tree looks beautiful....ready for your family to enjoy!!

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  4. So glad they I am not the only one who prefers a small tree! I also put it on something to make it taller. No, I don't see anything strange about that! :-) this year I bought a new tree that is 6 1/2 ft. tall. And my little tree is also up with a couple table trees! I'm ready! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  5. So pretty. I love the addition of all the lights and the feathers.

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  6. Same thing has happened to my kitchen tree this year! This one had been wired, but some of the lights went out, so I cut them all off. Yes, cut! There is no other way to get them off a prewired tree. I just leave the replacement lights on it, but now there are quite a few out. Since it is a little one in the kitchen, I am waiting till I remove it after Christmas to do anything about it -- unless they all go out! I have had so many problems with prewired trees that I don't buy them. I bought a couple of new ones without lights, and put them on myself. It is much easier to control the situation, and I do love to be in control!

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  7. Merry and bright, indeed! And the tree is beautifully framed with the arch. Jingle, jingle.

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  8. Merry and bright it is! I replaced my entire tree two years ago because I couldn't solve the light situation. It was easier to just get a new tree. Ha! I can't imagine having to take all the decorations off, add more lights, and then decorate again. You are a patient person. '-)
    Merry Christmas!

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  9. Wish I had your Ump and determination!!!

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  10. I had the same situation,,the center of the tree went dark a few years ago. I bought more lights and added them over the existing lights. What a pain!! Then this year the rest of the prelit lights went out. So I did what The Scribbler did......cut all the lights off the tree, and it was quite the job and took hours to do. Bought new strands of the kind that when one bulb goes out the others stay lit. Will never buy a prelit tree again!!!

    And I agree, you are a very patient person!!!

    Merry Christmas!!!

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  11. whatever you do it always looks fab!
    merry Christmas Kim
    xo
    Leslie

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  12. Oh I hate when that happens..grrrrr! Well, you tree looks beautiful all lit up! Love how you layered your skirt with that quilt!
    Merry Christmas!

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  13. Your tree is beautiful! I have been dealing with the lights on our tabletop tree this year, too. A few weeks ago, I noticed all the lights near the bottom were out and so I had to remove the ornaments and replace them. A few days later, I had to do the same to the ones at the top!!! I think it's time for a new tree!

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  14. you are a problem solver! and that's what counts in life. i am loving your tartan plaid wrapping paper and ribbon. perfection! merry christmas, girlfriend!
    xxoo beth

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  15. It looks spectacular at night with all those lights!

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