What do you do when when your beautiful 9 year old pre-lit Christmas tree quits lighting? Last year there was one little string that wouldn't light but this year there were only a few bits that did light. I love this tree. It's fat and fluffy, new ones are tall and slim, and it's still in good shape - except for the lights, so. . . I decided to take the non working lights off and just string new lights on like we did in the good old days before pre-lit trees. I ended up with piles and piles of stripped off lights. It took me a couple of evenings watching TV and clipping the lights off the branches to get it finished.
Then on to putting the lights up. I think there can't be too many lights on a tree but don't know how to figure out how many I need. After shopping 3 stores I found all the white lights sold out. Plan B, I got 10 strings of 100 lights, plus I knew I had some colored strings in the Christmas boxes. Not nearly enough. I bought 10 more boxes, then had to go back and get 3 more. I've got 2300 mini lights on the tree. BLHubby thinks it's too much but I feel I was a bit restrained.
Now to put the ornaments on.