Friday, December 6, 2013
Getting in the Christmas Spirit
For my last service hours at Enable Ireland I was asked to help them decorate their offices for Christmas. My main task was to decorate a tree for their lobby, and I was happy to do it since I won't be home to help put up my tree with my family this year. What I didn't realize was that decorating the tree means untangling the lights that someone hastily put away the year before, so I got the privilege of spending two hours trying to find the end of the light string! I have a new appreciation for anyone tasked with making trees twinkle in the wintertime. And I now understand why so many people just leave their lights up well into spring, or even year-round. After I got as close to untangled as possible and tried to hide the knot of bulbs in the backside of the tree I got to fill the branches with ornaments (called "baubles" here). At the end of my work I had something that looked more like Charlie Brown's tree than the Rockefeller Center tree, but aside from the slanted angle and the tangled lights I'd say I did a pretty okay job. Only 12 days until I am home and can see my own tree!