More than once I have been referred to as "The Christmas Nazi".
Is it WRONG that I just like to make things beautiful and Wonderful for the Holiday?
Is It Wrong that I do not trust anyone else to decorate the Lobby or do the Tree?
No, Of course it is not! They might not do it right, or Break some of my bulbs, or anyone of 100 other things that would ruin my holiday by being an eyesore every time I looked at them.
So I donned my Little Elf hat and went to work on our Huge tree!
There are people out there who put the lights on last; These people are monsters that must be stopped at all costs.
The Lights MUST be put on first and evenly distributed. Best way to do this on this large a tree is to divide it in 4 quarters from the top and spiral down the tree in overlapping loops. You can stand back and slightly squint your eyes so that you can make sure you are evenly distributed.
The LIGHTS MUST GO ON FIRST!
I am using the LED lights once again because I really like the brightness of the lights and the fact that they do not get hot like other lights, so they can be on 24/7.
Next up comes the Ornaments. With a large tree like this in a public area I place the Larger, more expensive ornaments up above the casual person and children's reach for protection. As soon as they get some in the stores I will also adorn the tree in Candy Canes. This leads to people taking the canes and leaving my ornaments and lights alone.
After three hard days of work the tree is FINALLY at the point where the icicles can be layered on. This requires an even and steady hand as you sort of "comb" the icicles through the branches until is is saturated enough to move on.
Meanwhile my trusted elf helper Hilda was given the front desk area. She is the only other person I trust with this noble task. (The new tree and boxes I just got in Anchorage when I was out.)
The Lobby is now about 3/4 done, with just some final arrangements to do and some Items to place. New this year is the Brand new Large star on the tree, some new large ornaments, and the snow Globe and Metal Nutcrackers.
Next up the Makushin and Shishaldin meeting rooms, and then the restaurants and the Cape.
Wish me luck!