I cannot even believe the way this day has gone. After 2 days of rearranging and cleaning out to make room for the tree. All the stockings are hung on the walls. (it looks like christmas in here, folks). I began to assemble the tree today. SOMEWHERE between the old apartment and the new trailer, we lost the pole that goes in the middle of the tree!!!!! Now I have the treetop, the branches, the base and the spreader ring but no pole with slots for branches. GRRRRR!!! I would go out and cut a real tree, but we can't have them in the trailer park as the clearances between the trailers are so small and they can be such a fire hazard. And the 4 foot tree I USED to have as backup? I gave it away last year to a young couple just starting out. I am seriously considering reviving the old refrigerator box christmas tree from my childhood. I just found pix of it on old slides and it was beautiful!!!! So anyway, the whole tree idea is currently tabled until I decide what to do next. The option of just purchasing a new try is not an option, so please dont suggest it. I have been drooling over those prelit trees for years. DH says inventing new curse words while he strings lights is a tradition not to be scoffed at and that I should be used to it by now!!....lol. I DID see a neat idea for a tree this week tho. A friend had wrapped a tomato cage with lights and garland, then inverted it and covered it with silvery gauze. Topped with an angle and all lit up, it is beautiful. And a very clever idea, as well. She usually puts them in her yard, but her dh likes it in the window indoors as well. Maybe I will try that-my neighbor has a whole bunch of salvaged tomato cages in his yard. I will trade him for some cookies!!!