The hubs asked me to take the lights down from the tree.
I wanted to get out of it somehow (I can only imagine how disorganized they'll be next year — lights always end up a tangled mess).
I had an idea... and it worked!
1. Find a few empty wrapping paper rolls; cut slits on one end. (Wait until later to cut a slit at the other end.)
2. Start at the bottom or top of your tree. Slide the cord end into the slit, then wrap the light strand around the tube (starting at the top and working your way to the bottom).
3. Wrap until you reach the end of the strand. Cut a slit at the other end of the tube so you can slide the end of the strand's outlet in.
Crossing fingers for untangled lights next year!
Keeping Christmas lights from tangling. Organizing Christmas lights.