The clapper has GOT TO GO.

For the past several years we've been using The Clapper. Yes, The Clapper. You remember. Clap on. Clap off. Clap on, clap off... The Clapper!

Anyway, we started using it for a lamp when the lamp's switch broke. There was no other way to turn it on and off other than unplugging it. SO... being the genius that I am, I came up with The Clapper plan. We plugged the lamp into The Clapper and voila! Easy to turn the lamp on and off once again.

But then we moved and finally got rid of that lamp with the broken switch. Then we got our first Christmas tree in our new house. The spot where we needed to plug it in was behind a bookcase. Hmmmm, what to do. We needed an easy way to turn the tree lights on and off without reaching behind the big heavy bookcase all the time.

Out came The Clapper! We've used that for the past 3 years for our Christmas tree. And for awhile it was fun. And easy. But then it got to be kind of a pain as it didn't always register the claps. We'd have to stand there in the living room clapping repeatedly like fools.

Last night we got the lights on our tree and it was a big pain in the a$$. Seriously, we've never had so many issues with the tree being ridiculously odd shaped, the light sets not working, half of one set not working, and needing to use an extension cord to make it to the outlet without using another whole set of lights to go 5 feet.

Anyway, I'm getting off topic. We finally, finally, FINALLY got the lights figured out and we go to clap and turn the lights on. Well, we clapped and we clapped and we clapped. And nothing. Ughhhhh. Arghhhhhh. And then, finally they came on. And we breathed a huge sigh of relief and thought maybe, maybe we should just leave the stinking lights on ALL THE TIME. Cause we sure as hell didn't want to go through that again and again and again. But that would be kinda wasteful and if you know me, I'm sooo not into that game.

The other downfall to The Clapper is that we have two small yip yapping dogs and every single time they start barking, the tree lights blink on and off, on and off. To the tune of their barking. May seem fun, and even funny, but it's not so great if we're not home and they bark and the tree lights come on and stay on while we're not home. Running up our electricity bill and wasting a bit of energy there.

Then we get to this morning and as I sit here, my little guy is jumping in his Jumperoo (Do you know how much I love/hate this thing??? He LOVES it and it keeps him occupied/contained but it is VERY noisy.) Anyway, with all the noise from his jumping and swinging action, it kept triggering The Clapper. Tree lights on. Tree lights off. Tree lights on. Tree lights off. My daughter delighted in it. I did not.

So, after 4 years, I am declaring that The Clapper HAS TO GO. And go quickly. It served it's purpose and helped us out in a few circumstances, but really, it's time has come. It's now more of an inconvenience than anything.

After shopping around a bit, I think we'll go with this or this... just as long as they don't involve us forming a cheerleading squad in our living room just to turn the darned tree lights on and off.