"What are you doing with those?" I asked.
"I'm getting ready to decorate our Christmas tree," he said.
"Gee," I said. "Some of my friends say Christmas is less stressful if you don't get a tree. I'm was thinking about not having a tree in the house."
"That's crazy!" he said. "It's Christmas! We should have a tree!" He shook the string of lights and glared at me.
"I'm going to decorate something." he said.
"Have at it."
A little later I heard the clack of lights being dragged across the floor, followed by a low gutteral sound. I found Farmer Small sneaking up on the sleeping dog who had opened one eye and was growling a warning at him. I scooped Farmer Small up before he became a chew toy.
"If I decorate the dog it would be awesome!" said Farmer Small. "You know, like a moving light display."
It doesn't happen often, but my friends are wrong. In my house, it's actually less stressful to have a tree. I lowered him and his lights to the table.
"Why don't we get a tree this weekend, Farmer Small."
"That sounds good."