RoughCollie Posted December 20, 2011 Share Posted December 20, 2011 (edited) DH and the kids bought a lovely Christmas tree on Saturday. I told the boys to Google "easy way to put lights on tree" and to follow the directions and do so. I warned them that there is a perfect way that involves wrapping the lights around the trunk and each branch, and that I do not expect that. I've been putting the lights on the tree for decades, and I hate that job. I am never going to do it again. We have a real tree because the kids want one. Other than putting on the lights, I have no problem with this. Everyone is adamantly against the idea of buying a pre-lit artificial tree. Putting lights on a tree is not rocket science. The kids have been watching me do it for years. The boys are nearly 18 years old. They know I will stand by and give advice if needed. Not one thing has happened. I remind them every day that the tree is bare. I talked to them six weeks ago about Christmas. I asked them which of our traditions they like. The answer was "all of them". I pointed out that I do all the work and that beginning this year, it will be a shared effort. Shared effort? Hah! So far, no one has participated in the work of getting ready for Christmas, except for the dog. I guess I should be thankful that the kids aren't opening parcels for me, tearing up wrapping paper and cardboard boxes, attempting to eat the tree, taking apart Christmas decorations, and getting sick from eating a dozen cookies that were cooling on the counter. I upped the ante. I told the boys this morning that no gifts will go under a bare tree. The presents will be saved for their birthday in March. They are viewing this as a chore to be avoided, for sure. We'll see what happens. It would be funny if the tree gets decorated on Christmas Eve. I've been lobbying for that every since DH and I got married, because it is what my family does because my mom is German. Instead, I've had 5 people who insist on buying and decorating the tree early -- this year is the latest we've ever bought a tree, due to scarce $$, which problem was just resolved. Edited December 20, 2011 by RoughCollie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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