There, I Fixed It – Redux

Last week I shared our family’s challenges figuring out how to make the lights work on our pre-lit Christmas tree.  Turns out we’re not the only ones who must resort to jerry-rigging, as evidenced by the hilarious inventive photos on There, I Fixed It.

But, in case any of you were concerned that this Wise Family would suffer through a light-less holiday, let me present ….. Ta-Dah! Our lit tree!


Sorry about the blurriness; this was the only shot that showed conclusively that the lights are, without a doubt, on!

Upon closer inspection, you will see ours is a makeshift solution. But, it’s nothing that a strategic placement of an ottoman and turning of the tree can’t hide.



P.S. Thank you to Wise Hubby for his patience and sense of humor about all this.


  • Maura Says:
    12-15-2009 12:10:06

    This made me laugh. When I saw the orange cord and the number of plugs going into it I am reminded of the TV show Home Improvement with “Tim The Tool Man Taylor” looking at a home challenge and grunting with excitement at the project. So to Mike, Wes a and I say with awe, “Argh, Argh, Argh, job well done”

  • Anne Says:
    12-15-2009 13:11:42


  • Cindy L. Says:
    12-16-2009 09:55:21

    Thanks for the smiles. Tree is lovely now, but I’ve heard several people tell me their “pre-lit” tree lights don’t work. Ah, the holidays!!

  • Sharon Says:
    12-16-2009 10:11:39

    Good for you! Personally, I like the blurry light effect on a Christmas tree. Just this year we have new lights that plug into the end of each other instead of all plugging into an extension cord. No one looking at our tree will know the difference, and an ottoman is the perfect camoflauge.

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