Well, I have finally managed to get the tree up and decorated. So many things have happened to prevent this, that I am beginning to think I wasn't supposed to have one. For one thing, my beautifully STRAIGHT tree at the lot somehow began severely listing to one side within minutes of being put in the tree stand. Repeated attempts to fix this were all for naught. It's still listing to one side. Of course, now that I think of it, this could have been from the tree falling over several times while I had it in the garage "drinking" out of a 2-gallon bucket. I kept trying to prop it up; it kept falling. Hey, at least it's still nice and green and fragrant.
This is also the first live Christmas tree we've had in almost 30 years. As I got the lights out that we used several years ago (the others are on the artificial tree in the attic -- the one we've had up for the past, oh, 15 years), I suddenly remembered why I've stored my tree with the lights on it. I forgot that these old-fashioned lights have to be screwed in the string and THEN you get to string them on the tree. And those little LIVE branches aren't nearly as strong and supportive as the artifical ones, so you must attach the lights, not merely lay them up in the tree. Sigh.
Today is the last of Decoration Days. I'm done. All in. Whatever is left undone will have to wait till next year. There's only one thing left to do: wrap the presents and get them under the tree. I do so hope that can be accomplished before December 24th.