The tree trimming party requires the much-used fake tree to be dragged out of the garage in advance and set up and then tested to make sure its lights still work. Often there are last minute trips to the store for more lights, but this year almost all the lights worked – after a certain amount of desperate encouragement.
Ornaments also have to be unpacked and displayed enticingly here and there around the room.
Also, the table needs to be covered with seasonal snacks.
And each task must be done in a particular way, according to custom.