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#342644 - 01/15/23 11:16 PM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
carstairs38 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/10
Posts: 3527
Loc: Southern California
People seem to prefer the pre-lit trees. I much prefer the unlit trees, but they are rather hard to find.

My outside lights are down, but that's it. I've been getting ready for a trip (leaving in 48 hours), so the undecorating will have to wait until I'm done at the end of the month. Wish I'd taken them down, but there just wasn't time.
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#342648 - 01/16/23 09:52 AM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
JerseyVike Offline
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Registered: 02/14/01
Posts: 9506
Loc: Jersey Shore
Pre-lit just don't have enough lights.

And the lights stop working after a few years.
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#342652 - 01/16/23 10:32 PM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
carstairs38 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/10
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Loc: Southern California
Exactly! That's why I don't like to buy them.
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#342655 - 01/17/23 12:56 PM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
VinceL Online   content
Elf Engineer - Toy Design

Registered: 06/19/16
Posts: 293
Loc: North Carolina
I know several people who bought pre-lit trees and after a couple of years they stopped working. They spent a lot of time removing the lights and started putting their own lights on.

Could have saved some money and effort by just buying non-lit trees. crazy

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#342656 - 01/17/23 04:18 PM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
Qwackertoo Offline
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Registered: 04/13/99
Posts: 11871
Loc: Rocket City, U.S.A.
I've never had a light issue and I use my pre-lit trees at least 10 sometimes 15 years.

I started using them in 2000.
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#342657 - 01/17/23 04:22 PM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
Taj Offline
Elf VP

Registered: 05/03/99
Posts: 1804
I have had to take lights off a prelit tree when they go out. Takes a lot of time and hurts the fingers. I only did it because I liked the trees. I agree prelit do not have enough lights and I am not a LED fan. There are not many unlit options in a nice tree. I see shabby ones but hard to find a nice unlit tree. Grab them when you see them!

I do like the convenience of a prelit tree and use them for accent trees. I can always add more lights if I want. Prelit is a timesaver.

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#342658 - 01/18/23 04:35 AM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: Taj]
Elliott the Elf Offline
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Registered: 06/09/08
Posts: 926
Loc: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Originally Posted By: Taj
There are not many unlit options in a nice tree. I see shabby ones but hard to find a nice unlit tree. Grab them when you see them!


I got really lucky one year after Christmas. Went to Boscovs and they had a tree 75% that looked really great. Spent 125.00 on it. It was a 7.5 ft unlit Lakewood Blue Spruce Tree. Since that time, I have bought another 5 waiting to get them until after Christmas. They have the feel real branches and look great.

A year or two ago my youngest daughter came over. She proceeded to ask me how many times I have to vacuum and how do I keep the tree from not losing needles. She didn't believe me at first when I said it was artificial. She has since "borrowed" one of the purchases above which I suspect I will never get back. When she was growing up she always preached that real trees are better and she would never have a fake tree... until adulthood came and she had to clean it up.

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#342704 - 01/24/23 03:31 PM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
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Elf Engineer - Toy Design

Registered: 06/19/16
Posts: 293
Loc: North Carolina
Our trees are slowly coming down. 3 of them are boxed up and ready for storage. One is ready to be packed in a box. Another tree has had all the ornaments removed. That leaves 4 more trees to undecorate.

Each year as I put decorations into storage totes I realize what new decorations we bought and have to figure out how to fit them in the totes. crazy

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#342726 - 01/29/23 10:58 PM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
carstairs38 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/10
Posts: 3527
Loc: Southern California
Now that I'm back from vacation, I guess I have no excuse and should start taking stuff down. Although I still have work to do on my blog....
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#342727 - 01/30/23 07:29 AM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
VinceL Online   content
Elf Engineer - Toy Design

Registered: 06/19/16
Posts: 293
Loc: North Carolina
8 of our 9 trees have been taken down and packed in their boxes. Of course, I saved our largest tree for last. smirk

Our goal is to have all Christmas decorations taken down and put away by the end of January. I think we will miss this date by a few days.

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#342728 - 01/30/23 07:58 AM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
JerseyVike Offline
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Registered: 02/14/01
Posts: 9506
Loc: Jersey Shore
I took in the outside decorations last week. But still plan to leave the inside decorations in tack for a couple more weeks.

Will start mid-February and finish by mid-March. Should keep me busy until our new Dreambooks arrive.
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#342749 - 02/04/23 12:58 PM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
VinceL Online   content
Elf Engineer - Toy Design

Registered: 06/19/16
Posts: 293
Loc: North Carolina
Today, 2/4/23 is a sad day. cry

Our last tree came down this morning and all of our decorations are now in storage in the garage. Our cat is upset that he no longer has a Christmas tree to lay under.

We usually start bringing decorations into the house around Labor day. Only 7 months to go. grin

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#342759 - 02/04/23 07:55 PM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
JerseyVike Offline
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Registered: 02/14/01
Posts: 9506
Loc: Jersey Shore
Haven't started taking down the inside decorations.

Maybe sometime this month.
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#342813 - 02/06/23 08:12 PM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
Qui-gon Grin Offline
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Registered: 01/10/09
Posts: 1894
Loc: Third rock from Sol
I took my down in Saturday February 4. Normally I don't wait this long, but I was busy every weekend in January and I like most of us, take at least one day to take the tree down. I can denude the tree of ornaments in about half an hour, but it takes two hours to put them back into their boxes.
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#342866 - 02/13/23 11:50 PM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
carstairs38 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/10
Posts: 3527
Loc: Southern California
Finally started taking down Christmas decorations tonight. I didn't wind up starting yesterday since I went over and watched the Super Bowl with a friend. Hoping to get them down this week.
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#342867 - 02/14/23 07:58 AM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
Taj Offline
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Registered: 05/03/99
Posts: 1804
I am still working on taking all mine down.

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#342869 - 02/14/23 08:05 AM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
JerseyVike Offline
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Loc: Jersey Shore
We haven't started taking down the inside decorations yet. Although, we don't put the lights on most of the trees(12).
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#342871 - 02/14/23 12:56 PM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
Taj Offline
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Registered: 05/03/99
Posts: 1804
So what does everyone include in their criteria for a tree? I am asked how many I put up and itís hard to answer. Does it have to have ornaments? Be lit up? Be full size? Does any decoration thatís a tree count? For instance, I have Mr. Christmas ceramic lit up trees. Do they count? I have flocked tabletop trees that some I put little ornaments on and some I didnít. They are not lit up. So what qualifies when someone asks how many trees did you put up? Do the white bare birch trees that are lit count? No ornaments. Do the mercury glass battery lit trees count?

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#342873 - 02/14/23 01:28 PM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
JerseyVike Offline
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Loc: Jersey Shore
I think what "a tree" is could be different for many collectors/decorators.

I consider a tree to be an artificial/real tree that is decorated with ornaments/or other decorations.

I do not count my ceramic trees.

I have (1) 10' tree, (1) 9' tree, (7) 7' trees, (1) 5' tree, (1)1 3' tree, (1) 2' tree.
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#342875 - 02/14/23 09:46 PM Re: Have you started your 2022 Christmas decorating? [Re: VinceL]
carstairs38 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/10
Posts: 3527
Loc: Southern California
I just count my full sized artificial trees. I don't count my mini trees, my ceramic tree, or my tree for displaying Hallmark's 12 Days of Christmas.

Maybe I should. I've already taken down 4 trees if I do that!
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