It didn't matter to me either way. I was content with what I had, even though my kids think it was a crazy idea, a tree without lights. I was happy taking my time this year appreciating each and every ornament. With my hurt back, I could only put up one at a time, slowly, over hours.
Lorens agrees with Jen so we're getting a few strands. And I guess when we put up some lights, it will make it look even better. But this day without tree lights taught me a valuable lesson, to realize what is, to me, most important and the greatest of all of my material possessions, the history and memories associated with my family's Christmas tree ornaments.
had been lost to me among the lights
and the rush to just finish putting it all up.
NOT THIS YEAR.