i walked past a hotel today and decided to wait in there as i was early for my appointment. i stopped right here and thought about how long it took them to put up this christmas tree. i can still remember the thrill i had when my parents bought a green (plastic) tree when we were kids and we all had fun decorating it. i made sure all the tinsels and other shiny bits were evenly distributed and thought it so clever of mom and dad to have cotton on the tree so that it'll look like snow. my brother and i took turns to put the star at the top each year. and the lights. i loved the blinking lights and would watch them long after my parents fell asleep. what do you remember most?