Untangling Christmas

I have joined the ranks of people complaining and signing petitions and posting to FB about stores that are doing the right thing (in my opinion) and honoring the holidays.  They are going to stay closed on Thanksgiving so that all of us can have a holiday.  They are promoting family values, letting employees spend time with their families knowing dang well that the Christmas shopping will still get done.  People aren’t going to cut down their list of must-buys because they didn’t start shopping for Christmas at Labor Day.

But I had to post this before Thanksgiving because applications are only being accepted until November 19.  Oh, and the job is in the UK, so you might need to get a move on.

Tesco is hiring Christmas Light Untanglers.


I don’t think it would work for me.  My patience level can be measured in milliseconds.  In fact, I don’t know that I would have the patience to go to and wait for the Christmas Light Untangler to do his/her job!    But some people would get great satisfaction out of the puzzle, out beating the dratted string of lights, of helping others through their frustration!

The job description:   “Responsibilities include manning and managing the Christmas Lights Untangling stand as well as being knowledgeable about the service being offered. The ideal candidate should be able to untangle 3 meters of Christmas lights in under three minutes. They should also be passionate about Christmas. ”

Three meters of lights in under three minutes!  Holy Blinkin Elf Lanterns Batman!  Is that even possible?  Magic?

You’ll have to go see.  Bring some lights and head over to England and find out.  Check out:  Fleeting Wonders: A UK Supermarket Is Hiring A Christmas Light Untangler.

I found this on my new favorite website, Atlas Obscura.  It is exactly what I needed to continue my quest of resetting my algorithm!

Unfortunately I am not in California so I cannot join them in their Christmas gathering, taking a tour of the world’s largest bunny collection (of all things bunny) and feeding the 7 real, live bunnies!  If you are in California, you might want to change things up for Christmas this year by joining them!    A Bunny Museum Christmas info here!

To end today’s Christmas post, I want to express my sadness at hearing this morning of Chicago having chosen a tree to represent the city in Millennium Park.   A beautiful, 63 foot, 67-year-old tree will be cut down (aka killed) so that it can stand in Millennium park for a few weeks.  People are talking about what an honor it is for the tree.  An honor?  They are killing it.  It won’t be packed away in the basement to come out next year.  It will be mulched and gone.  A beautiful tree that has withstood 67 years of storms, winds and thunder storms, blizzards and artic cold, summers and scorching heat and drought will be killed.    All this stuff about honor and glory is lost to me.

Why not plant a tree and nurture it and decorate it each year?  Why not have a tree like this one grow for 67 years and be pampered and loved as THE tree for the city, one that is protected?  I like that idea much better?

Or we could do something like they do in Arizona.  Instead of killing a tree, they adapt the tradition to their environment.  They create a new tradition of making a tree from the native tumbleweed!

I’m not sure what we could use in Chicago – maybe make a pile of all the crooked politicians that we are known for, string them up with lights (forgo the Light Untangler) and let them do something for all the money they are paid.  In fact, their pension should depend on it!

Now, let’s get back to November, shall we?  No more talk of Christmas!

And go check out Atlas Obscura!
Patt Timlin – Marketer, Blogger, Entrepreneur at Patt Timlin Online.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post was originally published on 11/9/2015. It has been revamped and updated as part of the great blog move of 2017!]

Patt Timlin – Marketer, Blogger, Entrepreneur at Patt Timlin Online.
Patt Timlin is a marketing expert set on sharing her expertise with other online marketers to help them achieve the dream of working online. She is secretly pleased with the surge in content marketing as revenge of the English majors! Entrepreneur, blogger, guide, helper – Patt loves the online world and loves to share it!

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