I don't want to live in a world of Murphy's lawlessness - Nov. 2008
An ad on TV is hawking PRE-LIT Christmas trees.
Villainy, I say. Nearly blasphemous.
For, if your tree is pre-lit, you are denied the unparalleled experience of detangling strands of lights which, although they were inert in a closet for 11 months, have developed knots a sailor would be proud of.
Your tree will be composed of branches from which ornaments dangle. You won't have branches and an obvious network of green cord that you've tried to tuck into the foliage to no avail. If you're like me, you sometimes hang ornaments FROM the light cords.
And most of all, you will miss the penultimate tree-trimming treat: When you're winding the fifith strand of lights on the tree and suddenly the second strand goes black and will not re-light, forcing you to either detangle the lights you've added in order to get to the second strand, or to simply recover that area with a working strand of lights thereby giving yourself more cord to hang ornaments on.