Fortunately for you readers, I had yet another Sunday that resulted in even more holiday tips! So here you go:
1) Before you make not one, but two trips to the store to purchase tree lights, and then put them ALL on the tree, be sure and check the contents of the grocery bag that’s been sitting all week in the corner with the ornaments. You never know.
2) Consider whether you really want flashing lights before you put the blinker bulbs on, string all 800 lights on your tree, and put up all the ornaments. They just might be more irritating than listening to “Jingle Bells” over and over again. It’s true.
3) When taking entire strings of lights off of the tree because, a) you can’t find the one little bulb that causes the string to blink, or b) the whole string goes dead and you don’t know why, it’s much more satisfying to cut the darn thing off with clippers and just toss the all the pieces in the trash (after all, you have an entire grocery bag full of extra lights!)
4) When you use clippers to cut the long strings off, be careful that you don’t accidentally cut into another one that was meant to stay on the tree.
5) When you attempt to add the new strings of lights to the already decorated tree, it’s best to not have young children around, just in case a few choice words slip out.
6) When picking up the shattered ornaments, be sure and use a broom and dustpan so as not to cut yourself.
7) Keep that broom and dustpan handy as you admire your handiwork, just in case the dog’s tail does a major sweep across the beautifully decorated tree. Sigh…
This concludes my 2010 Holiday Tips segments (with any luck); I hope you enjoyed them and are able to put them to good use in your own preparations for the season. May your holidays be full of blessings and stress-free gatherings with loved ones!