I finally got all of the Christmas decor put away. These were the lights from the tree (minus the couple of strands that kept blinking off and I threw away).
All the kids were sad to see it go, and they competed over who got to turn the Christmas lights on each day, but Natalie was the worst. Since I didn't figure she would understand the concept of it being dry and the branches being brittle, I told her, "The Christmas tree is broken. The Christmas tree had to go bye-bye." Her confident response... "Papa fix the Christmas tree and bring it back!"
For days now, all we've heard is, "Christmas tree all gone? Christmas tree outside? Christmas tree in the garbage? Papa fix the Christmas tree?". She will forget about it eventually, right?