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Old 12-03-2007, 03:03 PM   #1
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yearly untangling of the lights...

Every year the task of putting up Christmas lights falls on me and every year I wade through boxes and boxes of tangled lights to find five strands that still work. It's what gets me into the Christmas spirit. I say that with a scowl on my face by the way, since the tone doesn't quite come across in the written word.

Usually, I try to spread out the job first getting the lights down and going through them then hanging them another day. Luckily in Southern California, I'm blessed with weather that does not make me fear frozen extremities and snot-cicles hanging off my nose.

Well, it's time I say to myself this morning and I trudge up into the attic to get those little bastards that I know have spent the entire year frolicing and twisting themselves up in to right nice little knots. It would be nice if while they were going at it, they'd make new strands of lights so I didn't have to buy more after the yearly wrestling match.

But, wait. What is this? I've had a moment of clarity in my 30 something years. The lights. The lights are wrapped in separate plastic bags. This is amazing and a far cry from when I lived in Colorado and took them down with scissors one year. I'm not sure what to make of this. For the life of me I can't remember wrapping the lights up like this, though I know I must have.

And worst of all, I don't think I'll be able to get in the Christmas spirit without untangling at least one string of lights. Oh wait, the lights for the Christmas tree are in a ball. Ho Ho Ho.
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I've been seeing signs in the last few weeks for people who will hang your lights for you for $20, I think it was. Just give them a cardboard box full of tangled wires, and tell them to let you know when they're done. It would be worth the money.
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:09 PM   #3
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I usually cut the wrapping paper rolls into 12 inch lengths and use them to wrap up the tree lights.

I don't do house lights because it's cold and bourbon and ladders don't mix.
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I did mine last night. Had a 50 foot strand for the roof with that ONE DAMN BURNT-OUT BULB! Luckily it was close to where I started and was completely broken instead. Freakin icicle lights!
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Originally Posted by 02Prove View Post
......because it's cold and bourbon and ladders don't mix.
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Old 12-03-2007, 04:32 PM   #6
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I have decided to just leave em up all year.
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:07 PM   #7
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I usually just turn my porch light on. Does that count?
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