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Jennifer

And if you use colored lights, no matter how carefully you've staggered the colors, the girth of next year's tree will be just enough bigger or smaller to cause all of the same color to line up in the same spots.

Wren

Um ... it's the "magic of Christmas."

ellen

Smart ass answer: Elves

Helpful answer: I feel your pain. In the post-Christmas 75 percent off sale at Target/Walmart, buy a bunch of those green plastic reels to store your lights. They actually work. You can usually get 2-3 strings of mini-lights on one reel. Makes next year's job go much faster. We store about 30 strings of lights this way.

bob

Does one begin to see the value in "bah, humbug"?

velvet goldmine

It's fun to gaslight Daddy.

Exiled in New Jersey

Light strings? What about green outdoor extension cords? Put them in a bin and they seem to spend spring, summer and fall in embraces that can take an afternoon to unwind. And why is it that no matter how many 3 into 2 converters you buy, they are never around the next year.

pissed off patricia

And why is it that the lights that were so carefully strung on the eave of the house and worked so beautifully one night, refuse to come on the next night, even though nothing has changed except they were turned off before bed time last night? Why is it that the ones that were hardest to put up are always the first to cause problems?

As for how the strings and cords get all messed up, it the rotation of the earth. As the earth turns the breeze picks up the strings and cords and they get wrapped around one another. Or maybe that's not the answer but you should have heard my first theory, it may have been worse. ;)

Linkmeister

All these theories miss the obvious answer (All Hail Occam's Razor!): the strings are alive!

Meg

Physicists Tackle Knotty Puzzle

btw, I found your blog yesterday via a link (from Shakespeare's Sis?) to your Tinfoil hat series--love it!

millie wink

"What law of physics requires that two strands of lights removed from the box and disentangled and then carefully laid out well apart from each other on the floor or lawn while you go in search of the ladder must be twined up together like nightcrawlers in a tin can by the time you return with the ladder?"

Why of course, Virginia, it's the same law that says you're being punished for putting up lights that are such a fucking waste of energy!

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