Last year, my 9 year old prelit tree finally started showing wear, both with bare spots and lights going out. I spent hours last year, trying to find the problem lights, and was going to by a replacment after Christmas, but all the trees available were the "slender" models.
This year, I didn't see anything I liked in the ads, and the prices of the ones I did like would have taken a bite out of my Christmas budget. I mistakenly thought it would be easier to fix the old prelit tree before set up. That might be true, but just keeping track of which branch you checked took more patience than I had left.
So, I took another look online. I planned on going in and buying one I found on the Walmart website for a 7.5 prelit tree for $88, I just wanted to see it in person first. When I got to the store I was very disappointed in the density of the tree. Then I thought....wouldn't it be easier to replace a string of lights versus having another prelit tree.
THIS tree was next to the one I had gone into buy, and even with out anything on it, it was full and had a wide girth, it just put the others to shame and was only $88!
I decided to buy this one and new lights, I even splurged on a set of bells that play Christmas music.
The one thing I wasn't expecting, was that only the top piece was preassembled. That left 8 rows of around 8 stems each to be placed on the tree individually. (For me, it was still less time than I spent trying to fix the lights on my old tree.) The biggest challenge to separate D and E, the colors and sizes were very similar color labels.
The result was an incredibly full, real looking tree. No challenge finding an open branch for ornaments. It truly is beautiful, I didn't mind the extra work.
I would recommend before you start setting up, to split out all of the branches. It gets really hard to tell them apart once you start assembly, but once I had the separate piles it made it easier.
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