Posted by: madkentdragon | July 17, 2010

10 Helpful Hints for Christmas Trees

  1. Do not let hubby buy Christmas Tree from the market trader he’s been sitting in the pub with for the last 3 hours. It will be 10 foot tall and misshapen.
  2. Always know where the saw is; a bread knife is useless and takes forever. So do kitchen scissors – use secateurs to trim it back to shape.
  3. Ensure that the tree is safely secured in the bucket and if possible put the bucket into position first – then insert the tree; not the other way round.
  4. Do you have a long enough lead or extension to reach the nearest socket? Your lights won’t look so good if you have to move the tree with the lights already installed.
  5. Check that the lights still work and that you can still get spare bulbs for that set of lights you bought years ago and do this before you put them on the tree.
  6. If the kids want to help, give them each a separate job to do – saves arguments and don’t let them lean on the tree.
  7. Before you clear up the sawdust in the hall and the needles all through the house, sprinkle pepper around the base of the tree – this will stop cats from climbing up it and dogs thinking that you were so kind bringing a tree in for them when it’s so cold outside.
  8. Right, now you can clear up the sawdust, the needles and the puddle and supervise the dressing of the tree and untying the youngest’s hands that have been tied up with tinsel – use scissors – it doesn’t untie that easily.
  9. Do not put tree chocolates on the lower branches, clearing up cat & dog vomit complete with coloured foil is not nice first thing in the morning.
  10. Refrain from either pushing hubby into the tree, or the tree into hubby, when he emerges from his post liquid luncheon snooze and says “You’ve made a mess of that!”

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