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12 Truths About Decorating A Christmas Tree

Nov 28, 2012 | 30 Days of Joy | 8 comments

1. There will be a fight.

2. There’s a 20 percent chance the fight will occur when choosing the tree.

3. 100 percent of trees change size between the tree lot and the living room.

4. There’s a 70 percent chance the fight will occur when stringing the lights.

5. There is a right way to string the lights. And there are lots and lots of wrong ways.

6. There is a 10 percent chance the fight will occur when hanging the ornaments.

7. He will never care as much as she does about the story behind that ornament.

8. No matter what type of hook is used, 80 percent of ornaments will hang backwards.

9. The entire tree decorating experience is enhanced with carefully chosen Christmas music.

10. Cocktails, likewise, add a festive air. They serve to release tension and improve attitudes, particularly when well spiked. Purists choose Egg Nog, but the White Russian is a very fine choice, as well.

11. There is a 90 percent chance the entire family will disappear as soon as the first box of ornaments is empty.


12. There’s a 100 percent chance she’ll move half the ornaments they placed, anyway.

Joys of the season to you and yours!


  1. Barb

    Our choice of adult libations during tree trimming has always been Vueve Cliqot. Of course, there will be no tree this year–all the children are gone and it is Bill’s last call before retirement. Bittersweet.

  2. Kristin

    Please don’t ask me how he talked me into putting up TWO trees this year. We got them in the stands and into the house without getting a divorce. Now, the lights.

  3. another jennifer

    So true! Though my family barely makes it through the first box of ornaments.

  4. Joanne

    And it takes two days to get the tree sap off your hands.

  5. Sharon

    100 percent accurate!!!! Happy Hall Decking!!!! Love you!

  6. Hubby

    66% of these “truths” were in play at our house this year.

  7. Kendra

    Hilarious! And, so true. This year, I got my sister to decorate the tree with me (Wil’s preferred choice. Sisters care more about things like that.) while Deacon supervised from his bouncy seat (no choice). : )

  8. Julie

    So true!

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