As much as I am loathe to admit regarding my usual holiday bah hum-buggery, there are certain traditions I still feel need to be upheld. As I quickly realized that we are now 20 days away from Christmas, it was time to put up the tree.

I am doing my best to avoid the inundation of holiday music and cheer, as grinch-like as I am. However, I can slap together our pre-lit tree in record timing. I bought it new last year for its perfect height and ease of assembly.

It took me less than 20 minutes to put it up decorations and all. It’s not the perfect solution, having some bare spots in the middle area. I considering purchasing some pre-lit garland to fill in the gaps. We also don’t have a tree topper, but for our purposes, it will do.