Near where we live, there is a garden centre where you can cut down (or dig up) your own Christmas tree for £15. They grow them out in a big field at the back of the garden centre, and you go along with a saw or a shovel, pick out your tree and cut it down.
I love this. It makes picking out our tree something really exciting for
my children me, and I love how, by doing it this way, we’re supporting a local business.
So last Sunday, this is what we did.
We spent a little while finding our perfect tree. One that was nice and bushy at the bottom, not too big (shorter than my 5ft 5in – it goes on a little table), with lots of branches – we have many many baubles.
As you can imagine, Ross felt manly indeed, brandishing a big saw around. I am man: see me saw tree.
Elliot and Roo (but especially Elliot) loved running in between the trees. He ran off to play hide and seek more than once.
Tree liberated from the ground, we stomped back up the field to pay, and have a nosy around the shop.
And once we’d got home and dinner was cooking (which, by the way was Ree Drummond’s meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans – a dinner of mid-western kings. Yes Ma’am) it was time to decorate.
We tend to go for gaudy, blousy decs, with all the things the children have made over the years. Our angel is made from a paper plate and sequins and I love it. We have paper baubles with tinsel stuck on, bells, candy canes, tiny glass baubles, a painted balsa wood birdhouse, loads of lights. And of course, a crocheted snowflake or two. As much as I adore the look of pristine red and white scandinavian decorations (I really do, you can’t have too many ornately painted wooden birds and hearts), Christmas is a magical time of year for the kids and our tree always reflects that.
I love this little dude.
There was a bowl of chocolatey, nutty, Christmas nougat, procured from the garden centre at the same time as the tree. I loved it. It did not last long.
So, Internets, have you put up your tree yet? Do you go for the gaudy and embrace all things tacky or daintily and meticulously hang your decorations?
Bonus points if you have lametta knocking about!