The Problems of an American pre-lit Christmas Tree in Europe…

Right. It’s involved two step ladders, several beer mats (for balance, duh) and it’s time for the big switch on, tad-daa… okay, so who moved the transformer? It’s kept in the same place all year, and at this point in the proceedings I get it out, plug the lights in and va-voom, the perfect tree.

Only someone used it during the year, isn’t owning up and we have no clue where it is.

We have the perfect tree, no twinkling lights (1300 of them should be on and sparkling) and a dog who’s looking at it as if we’ve provided him with an inside toilet.

I am beyond mad. I hate putting up the tree. In an ideal world it should be done calmly with joy and serenity whilst listening to Christmas carols, and yes, maybe, sipping some festive cheer.

Instead I’m hot, sweaty, covered in dust, scratched by the 3649 bloody branches (the box it came in has these alarming facts written all over it) and instead of carols I’m listening to the dog bark and howl at this new thing in the room. It was here last year, and it was no problem. This year it obviously offends his karma. If he doesn’t shut up he’ll end up being a decoration on the darn thing.

But I can’t put the decorations on the tree till the lights have been tested. We all know that. Arrgghhh. There are boxes of Christmas stuff over every bit of floor, the dust cloud is getting worse. And the transformer is STILL missing.

Yes, I have checked EVERYWHERE in the house, so I’m hotter, more sweaty and in need of something calming. Forget festive cheer, I’m thinking vodka.

This is supposed to be fun and lovely – the highlight of the domestic year.

Yeh, right.

The dog is commando crawling towards the tree with low throaty growls and a manic glint in his eye. The snow’s starting to fall outside again and I need to get a grip. It’s a Christmas tree, the transformer will (please God) turn up.

If this is stressful I’d better not think about the Christmas cards I was planning to write this afternoon. Well, if I find the transformer they could still get done…

It’s time to get outside and calm me, and the dog, down. At least the below freezing air will get the dust out of my lungs.

Will let you know about the transformer.



About wordgeyser

Our anglo/american family used to live in four countries (USA, Canada, UK and the Netherlands) on two continents, separated by distance, time zones, circumstance and cultures. It has been a scary, enriching, challenging place to be. The only things guaranteed to get us through were a sense of humour and the amazing people met along the way. . . This year everything changed with a move for us from the Netherlands, – and a move along with us for our son and his wife from the UK – to Houston, Texas, the same city as our daughter. With our youngest in Vancouver, Canada, we are now all living on the same continent. How this happened, and more importantly why, will be the subject of this ongoing blog...
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1 Response to The Problems of an American pre-lit Christmas Tree in Europe…

  1. Me says:

    brilliant and perfect. you should write off-the-cuff more often

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