It's time to get the Christmas tree


 
Have you put up your Christmas tree yet?
 
Across the country, Christmas tree farms are gearing up for one of the busiest weekends for buying a real Christmas tree. In preparation for this busy weekend, our barn has been stacked with Christmas trees, so that we look across a small forest of treetops as customers weave their way between them; there’s mistletoe and wreaths aplenty; the snow globes have been shaken and the shelves filled with decorations, juju hats and gin. We’re all set. Are you?
 
Here’s five reasons to buy a real Christmas tree this year.
 
A family tradition
It’s fun to choose a real Christmas tree and for many families, buying the tree is the start of Christmas celebrations as the whole family come to the farm to choose their tree together. We’ve been selling trees here for so long that some of our customers, who we remember coming along as babies with their parents, now arrive with their own children to buy a tree.
 
The smell
No matter how much pine scented room fragrance you use, nothing beats the gorgeous smell of a real Christmas tree.
 
Decorating
Decorating the Christmas tree rates as one of the favourite things to do in December and a real Christmas tree has so many branches that the scope for decorating is vast. Some people take it far more seriously than others with many mothers admitting that they let their children decorate the tree but then completely redo it after the children have gone to bed while others banish the family from the room while they decorate it to perfection.
Whether you choose a themed decoration scheme or hang a mismatch of all sorts, there is of course the trauma of the lights not working, baubles smashing and wondering if your teenager will notice that the polystyrene decoration they made as a three year old has mysteriously disappeared.
 
Fifty shades of green
Christmas trees come in an immense range of green from the bright green of a Norway Spruce to the dark green of a Nordman Fir.
Fresh Christmas trees are grown as a crop, providing a habitat for birds and animals while they’re growing and when they’re cut down they’ll be replaced with more trees. Whether artificial or real trees are more environmentally friendly seems finely balanced so it comes down to personal preference. Would you rather have a bit of PVC standing in the corner of your living room or a magnificent fresh Christmas tree?
 
The tree that keeps giving
After Christmas, your Christmas tree can be recycled; they’re usually shredded into woodchips that are used for mulches or fuel. Alternatively, buy a container grown tree that can be planted out after Christmas, provided you water it while it’s in the house.
 
If you’re planning to buy a Christmas tree this weekend, don’t forget to measure up first as trees in a barn or field can look deceptively small.
 
Read this guide to choosing a Christmas Tree