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Discussion in 'Personal' started by BelleDuJour, Nov 23, 2019.
A curtain pole will keep it erect for sure.
Long and hard... just the job.
Last night I sat in darkness because I was too embarrassed to let them know what I’d been up to. I think today I might just boldly flash away.
Ours goes up in the bay window (no curtains!). Keeps those pesky neighbours from niosying around.
Mid-December, I think. HM is in charge.
I like the lights but I'm not a Christmas-person anyway. I don't care that much.
I'm not sending cards. We're all doing Macmillan donations round here instead. Lavish gifts are out. Well, I'm a cheapskate so I never did lavish gifts. Gotta be honest. Ugh, very modest gifts will be the order of the day.
"Dear Daughters and Grandchildren, here's a bank transfer. Sort it out!" They're used to me. What can I say? I'm a Quaker. They know I don't do ostentation.
Grumpy, have you read the rest of the posts?...
Mine is erected a few days before Christmas and stays up till New Year's Day. That really should be enough for anyone on an annual basis.
Does it need any support to stay up that long?
A couple of stiff ones before the in-laws come round to admire on Christmas eve.
@shadders has a stiff one I’m sure he’d be happy to lend you?
Having re-read my initial post (at which point I hadn’t detected the ‘tone’ of this thread), I wish to submit a revised version:
Having got ours out of storage and taken it out of it’s box for the once a year erection, we have decided that it is too large, too labour intensive and fiddly to get it into the right position. Once up, it also takes up too much space in the living room.
We have offered it for free on our local market site, along with a range of additional accessories and it was snapped up by a local young couple who I am sure will make full use of it and better appreciate it’s size.
For us? We will go for a more low key and low energy affair, more befitting our position in life. Mustn’t forget to buy a good stock of batteries.
We don't bother with an erected one nor a non-erected one. We just drape fairy lights all round and continually flash our neighbours and anyone passing. Everyone needs flashing during this season.
Absolutely, top of any Christmas list. Remember though size counts.
Oh, I've loved this thread! We will having several erections - one in the lounge, one in the dining room, one in the hall and maybe one upstairs - but not for a few weeks. There will be some flashing lights and lots of colourful balls - can't wait!
My mother used to insist on having it up all year round - even when it had got brown and brittle with the constant exposure to the light. It was definitely a talking point in July!
I’ve had to adjust mine today because it wasn’t pleasing to the eye. I’ve tied some shorter pieces of cotton around the baubles so they are hanging slightly higher now.
We got one with built in lights from a closing down sale. My husband's going to take it into the office for his collegues to enjoy.
A couple of weeks and ours will be upright in all its sparkly glory, still fond of it even though its getting on a bit.
I've usually had enough of it after new year though
No, I didn't.
I assumed it was about trees! Or rather trees were used to introduce unrelieved smut before being promptly set aside/felled.
But we know I don't indulge in such tacky nonsense.
Our village vicar would disagree with you. He always gets it up on 1st Dec - for the start of advent apparently. It usually involves a lot of grunting in the churchyard and then he encourages folk to go and sing round the base of it. I try to avoid it as its just embarrassing - some of them are so out of tune! There's usually a strep throat infection goes round like wildfire in the days following.
I'm intrigued - who is the deleted member who likes some of our posts - am I allowed to ask?