Last Friday night I finally found time to put up my Christmas tree. It has been a busy start to the holiday season, so I finally got around to it at 9:30 pm. I went down to the crawl space and dug the box with our tree out, fully expecting it to crumble to the touch after our basement flooded this summer.

Luckily I got the tree upstairs and there was no damage to my precious tree that I got at a garage sale last summer for $5. I love this thing and breathed a huge sigh of relief.

I started assembling my artificial tree while Frozen played in the background, and I was finally feeling the Christmas spirit. Like I was getting my life together and decorating in a timely manner. I pulled my storage container out that had the ornaments and lights and started to untangle the strand. That storage container is kept in a different place in my house and definitely didn't get anywhere near the water damage incident of July so I knew everything would be fine. I plug in my lights, and nothing.

I tried three different outlets and both of my stand of Christmas lights were completely dead. So much for having my life together. At this point, it was almost 10 pm, and I had been up since 4 am so I topped the tree with a Santa hat, tossed a light-up necklace on it, and called it good. My Christmas spirit was tapped.

This has got to be some kind of metaphor for 2020 as a whole.

If you need to know the right way to decorate your tree (hint: not my way) here is what I found on Tik Tok from a professional:

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