Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree….

Yes, it’s that time of the year again, time for the Christmas festivities and there’s nothing that can make me feel more festive, than a big twinkling Christmas tree. For those that know me or have read previous blog posts, I love everything about Christmas, especially the tree.  I am now a real tree convert after favouring the artificial trees for many years, because I did not want to have to deal with the mess, but then I discovered no-drop trees and now I don’t think I could ever go back to an artificial tree. There’s something about having a real Christmas tree that makes everything seem more festive, you honestly cannot beat a real Christmas tree.

This year I am working with Pines and Needles again and they have sent me a stunning Christmas tree, and 8ft Nordmann Fir to be exact.

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On the day of arrival, the lovely delivery chap helped to bring the whopper of a tree into the house, just like last year it was very well protected. After a quick rummage in the loft for Christmas decorations,  I was ready to put up my Christmas tree.  We have quite the eclectic mixture of ornaments and baubles that we have collected over the years from traditional baubles to modern prints.  2014-12-04 14.49.47

The tree itself was very fresh and packaged well, none of the branches had been damaged and much to my surprise the amount of loose pines in the packaging was minimal considering having been in transit. Once unpacked and removed from the netting, I left the tree to rest and let the branches drop for an hour before decorating. The tree had a lovely shape, it was full with no bare patches.  I was so pleased that we were able to use all of our tree ornaments, some of them are quite heavy and I was worried the branches might not support them but we had absolutely no issues. Overall it was a lovely looking, bushy tree

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Here are the reasons why I love having a real tree

1)Nothing can beat that Christmas tree smell, I absolutely love it, I even buy scented candles just to get that smell!
2) They just have that extra Christmassy feel to them
3) My cat cannot climb them
4) They are a lot more environmentally friendly than a plastic, artificial tree

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Here are my reasons as to why I love Pines and Needles

1) Their trees are from sustainable sources
2) They replant a tree for every single one that is harvested
3) No work will be done on trees which will disturb nests or young birds
4) They offer a range of premium trees of different sizes to suit your needs, everything from small potted trees to bespoke installations of large trees
5) They deliver your tree which means you don’t have to battle with loading it in/on your car or if you are local (London areas) you can pop into one of their stores
6) They even offer a tree removal service (at a cost)
7) There’s even a tree dressing service too!

If you’ve not yet purchased your Christmas tree and you quite like the idea of one being home delivered, I can highly recommend Pines & Needles.  Take a look online and have a browse here – They can guarantee that all their trees are sustainably grown.

Update: Whilst making sure that the tree had a reservoir of water throughout the Christmas period, it did not discolour, it looked as good as it did on the day it arrived. I was rather sad that we had to take it down at the end of the festive period.

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