For the past 7 years or so, since buying our house, we have had the same Christmas tree each year. Nothing wrong with that right? They are built to last, so that’s what you would expect. We did change the decorations on the tree from plum and silver (our living room was plum colours back then) as we really wanted a more traditional tree, so now it is adorned with reds, golds, tartans, beads and other little bits and pieces that we find fit in with our tree.
This year, browsing through the catalogues, I did see a tree which caught my eye. It looked full and fat if that makes any sense – I compared it to a photo I had of last years tree in our living room which suddenly looked sparse and lifeless. I think I purchased it for £20 odd pound when we moved in from Argos, and it had really ran its course. Let’s live a little I said to my lovely wife – this new tree looked special, a good enough tree for our first year as wives and a tree we chose together. Best of all (as you know we never like to pay full price for ANYTHING if we can help it) it was on offer!
We purchased the tree from Very for £100 I believe instead of £119.99. The last time I checked it was reduced even further to £89.99. The code, if you would like to view this yourself is 4DYGR ‘6ft Majestic Pine Christmas tree’.
The tree arrived within a day or 2 – Very are really good at speedy deliveries. We ordered this back in October and so when it arrived, we peeked in the box, sealed it back up and put it under the stairs until December. Meantime we recycled our old tree, forgetting our personalised red and grey tartan stockings (Leah’s, Rupert’s and mine) were in the box and now lost forever. Very sad about this.
This December, we pulled all of the Christmas items out from under the stairs (we never use the loft as we are too scared to go up there – images of Santa and his legs dangling down the hatch spring to mind – what if we got stuck??), popped the Christmas tunes on and set to work decorating the tree. Leah did the lights as my Christmas OCD becomes too much to cope with and I would spend ALL day doing them so she takes over here and then we carefully (OCD again) put the decorations on the tree. I did have to shout at Leah to stop what she was doing … who tries to put the star on the top of the tree BEFORE the tree is fully decorated? Everyone knows it goes on LAST!
As we were putting the tree together and marvelling at how big and full it was and what an amazing choice we made, we noticed that the branches were all different too! Our last tree had branches that were all the same. This one looks far more realistic and I think the fuller effect is down to this.
If you are looking at purchasing a new tree, we would really recommend that you check this one out. We love it and I’m pretty sure we have said every single day what a lovely tree we have and how proud we are. I can see this tree being in our family for many years to come. The quality is brilliant and we honestly are so chuffed with it.
We finished the look off by purchasing a set of 3 rattan gift boxes with red decorative bows (Very code 6DFTA now £26.99, was £39.99) which we love as they also have LED lights and look very pretty under the tree.
Do you have any Christmas traditions when it comes to decorating your tree? Are you tinsel or beads? Angel or star?
* Prices correct as of 13.12.16