About 10 years of doing tree lights, and I finally figured out how to keep my hands safe. I saw it on a show called Design Inc. (which me and my kids love). Gardening gloves. Just brilliant. My hands are so dry this time of year, and doing lights or just messing with my artficial tree branches leaves my hands just sore and scratched to bits. I am not a gardener, so I had to go out and purchase a cheap pair at the store, but I am going to put them in my Christmas box to have them handy next year. My hands are so happy today!