~“Waking up in Whoville”~

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM.

It was a couple of days after Thanksgiving; we usually put our Christmas tree up and enjoy the football games on the weekend.  Our old faithful artificial tree bit the dust after about ten years.  I guess the lugging up and down the stairs and forcing it in and out of the attic hatch finally took its toll.

A new tree with lights already on it was acquired at the local big-box store.  The previous pre-lit tree seemed to work well and I kind of like the ball hanging more than the light stringing.  For the tree to light up, you do have to plug it in.

We plugged it in.

It seemed happy for about an hour, and then the top part went out.  The time that the top part of the tree stayed on went downhill from there.  You could plug it in and it would stay on a couple of minutes, and then go out.

After checking all of the lights, the fuses and everything else, I was bumfuzzled. I read and reread the instructions and the trouble-shooting “tips.” Nothing helped. I called the manufacturer of the tree and was pleased that someone answered the phone. I could also tell that the person who answered was definitely in the United States, so I was hoping for a solution.

I did not get one.

The nice fellow who worked for the company that made my new tree that did not work, explained to me that he would have to send to China to get a new top for my tree.  He also said, “If you are lucky, you’ll get it by Christmas.”

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