This is a post by Ruth Morss on PTC site.

Ah, those wonderful memories of creating holiday light displays or of stringing lights on the tree.  Remember?

First, the discovery that the Tangle Elf visited the holiday storage box over the summer and twisted the lights into a hideous knot.  Second, the power struggles between those family members who sought a decorative program that evoked a Primitive Simplicity and those, like me, who favored Christmas Excess. Finally, the despairing cry of “now they’ve ALL gone out!”

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