We finally got a Christmas tree! With Thanksgiving being so late this year (and us putting it off until now), I wondered if it was worth buying one and going through the hassle of setting it up for less than three weeks of enjoyment, but we decided to go for it. Mr. Handsome picked up a five-footer from Home Depot a couple days ago, despite the shocking $50 price tag.
With a crawling baby who is trying to walk, we knew that simply putting the tree up with no barrier was not going to work. We made a square using four panels from our playpen and put it around the base of the tree, but it didn’t look right. Mr. Handsome got the bright idea of putting the tree, stand and all, on top of an end table (with a couple layers of plastic and a sheet to prevent water damage to the table). What a perfect solution! Now we have a baby-proof Christmas tree that is almost eight feet tall.
Earlier this week, we hosted 20 members of our Bible study for dinner. The tree was still bare, so I started wrapping white lights around it. I couldn’t reach the top third, so I asked Mr. Handsome to finish the task. I handed the light strand over to him and returned to the kitchen to finish cooking.
A couple hours later, when our party was well underway, I glanced over at the tree and gasped.
“Out of curiosity, how long did it take you to finish wrapping the lights?” I whispered to my husband.
“About five minutes,” he replied. “It’s pretty nice, isn’t it?” I really can’t fathom how it took him five whole minutes–from the looks of it, I would guess that he just tossed the end of the light strand onto the tree and walked away. So I have to ask, can you tell a difference between the lights on the top third of the tree and the lights on the rest of it?