Turns out there is a much easier way to put lights on a tree (one of the ones before they built them in)! It ocurred to me, as I worked my overly dry hands through the roughy branches back and forth and around, that when stringing them on an artificial tree, it might be best to move up the tree without all the branches on it. Just the row I would be working on! So now I assemble the tree as I put on the lights. It’s much easier to work this way!
…All these years and I just think of this now!