We finally bought a new artificial tree today. Did you know it’s almost impossible not to find one that doesn’t come pre-lit with miniature lights? I hate mini-lights on a tree as it makes it look dark. The one exception would be if the lights were LED, but that’s relatively new and all the trees I found that had LED lights, and there weren’t any in the local stores, started in the high $200 to low $500 range and there was no way in hell I could afford that. We ended up with a seven and a half-foot tree that came with fake berries and pine cones on it because it was the only one Home Depot sold that didn’t already have lights in it and it was on sale. One thing I really like about it is that it’s one of those where the limbs are permanently attached to the trunk so I don’t have to separate out which limbs go where. Just stick the three pieces together and fluff out the branches and you’re set. I’ve got it up now, but the branches aren’t fluffed yet because I want to take a pic of how pathetic it looks and then how nice it looks once I’m done. I should have that completed tomorrow night.
The other thing that happened recently that made it feel a bit more like Krismas was the arrival of a package from Amazon.com addressed to me. I hadn’t ordered anything recently so I wasn’t expecting anything so it was a pleasant surprise to open it up and find it contained three Krismas gifts from SEB member EyesOnly. This did much to cheer my spirits which have been a bit under the weather lately with stresses over the job and the holidays. I haven’t opened them yet as they are festively wrapped and I figured I should wait until the 25th as is custom, but I wanted to thank EyesOnly for the generosity which came at just the right time to help lift my mood.
Lastly we got more snow over the weekend and it’s looking pretty nice outside right now. Not so much that it’s troublesome getting around, but enough to bring back fond memories of Krismas long past. Quite a few folks have their Krismas lights out as well so I think it’s time once again for the annual call for Best and Worst Krismas Light Displays. Start looking for houses with especially well done or awful Krismas displays and get snapping with your digital pics and add them to the SEB Flickr Pool and I’ll start another thread soon for folks to post links to their favorites in.
And one more thing, SEB is once again sporting it’s Krismas template. If you haven’t stopped by lately then drop in and have your eyes damaged by the holiday spirit.