An account of my attempts to decorate my home for Christmas as of last Sunday:
(3) ornaments, broken
(1) vase, shattered
(6) strings of light, non-functional
(1) close call, electrical fire. See note below.
(675) lights, un-lit on a 700 light pre-lit Christmas tree
(4) strings of outdoor lights, working right up until the moment I replaced the final unlit bulb at which point the entire display went dark.
(Significant) amounts of patience, lost in this process of decking our halls
Note: Six strings of lights strung on three packages of garland housed in one 2x1 foot wood box does not pass fire code.