The Story Behind The Book...
a niece of mine volunteered to help when I was running behind
with preparation for my tree trimming party. Both she & her
boyfriend were known for their artistic abilities so I assigned
to them the task of hanging the lights on the tree while I
dashed out on some errands.
I arrived back home to find a tree that looked like a ball of
yarn after three kittens have played with it! My niece, who will
remain anonymous, said, "But, Auntie, I don’t know how the
lights go on." "Obviously not,” said I – and the idea of this
book was born. It’s a compilation of what I've learned from my
grandparents, friends who come to our annual tree trimming
party, research and my own
The lucky thing for all of us is that a classic, cluttered tree
looks wonderful no matter what. I love trimming our tree even
though I’m not skilled. With the help of the excellent advice in
How to Trim Your Christmas Tree, my own tree still will
never look like an artistic window display. What the book does
do, though, is share basic knowledge. It gives you a list of what you
need to do to avoid those, "Oh, no! I forgot…" moments. It also
gives helpful hints for minimizing "holiday tension" by giving
easy-to-follow guidelines for the entire tree trimming ritual.
Every single friend of mine who read it as I was working on it
learned something new. I can almost guarantee that you will too.
R. Kathleen Dillon