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Erma Bombeck was my literary idol.  She said that one’s character could be judged by the way that person behaved when confronted with Christmas lights.  Frankly, the minute I read that, I knew that I was “Character Challenged.”

That was years ago, and I remain such.  Challenged, that is.  Strings of Christmas lights are my nemesis.  Every year I struggle, and every year the lights win the battle.  Years gone by, I had help with the lights.  The last few years I’ve been on my own.

Here’s this year’s episode.  My major mistake was that I didn’t plug in the lights to test them before I placed them.  I wrapped the strand around the front pillar.  I only have one.  Then I wrapped the fake pine garland.  Then I set the timer to synchronize with the actual clock.  Then I looked at the lights which did not light.  Of course.

Hoo-boy.  Next I tested the timer.  Then I got out another extension cord and plugged them inside, and the lights didn’t light.  I unplugged the timer, brought it in, and tested it.  My next move was to trade out extension cords, when lo!  I saw that the lights were NOT plugged into the original extension cord.  Viola!  Lights lit!  No meltdown!

Character is improving.  Lights lit.  I won this year’s struggle.  Tis’ a Christmas Miracle.  Nice.

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  1. I too am Christmas lights challenged Deb…I can remember a few melt downs over it. Now I just leave the duds pushed further into the tree and throw another gold mine dollar string on. Lol

    On Nov 26, 2016 10:15 AM, “Horton Hears Herself” wrote:

    > Horton Hears Herself posted: “Erma Bombeck was my literary idol. She said > that one’s character could be judged by the way that person behaved when > confronted with Christmas lights. Frankly, the minute I read that, I knew > that I was “Character Challenged.” That was years ago, and I ” >

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