Choosing Our Perfect Real Christmas Tree
Choosing Our Perfect Real Christmas Tree
One of my favourite festive traditions is going to a garden centre and choosing our real Christmas tree. My entire life I’ve always had a real tree, I couldn’t imagine ever having a fake one! As a kid, my dad and I would always go out and choose the tallest, fattest tree we could find. Of course that then usually meant he had to spend hours sawing the bottom and chopping a bit off the top so it would actually fit in the house. But, our trees were pretty grand!
This year will the first year Jaz and I will spend Christmas together in our own home and we’re pretty excited about it. It’ll also be the kittens first Christmas and the first Christmas that Jaz will have a real tree! There’s a lot of firsts this year so choosing and decorating the tree had to be special.
Choosing Our Christmas Tree at Fenlands Nursery
On the Sunday just before December, went to a Christmas tree farm in Essex called Fenlands Nursey. Neither of us had been there before, but just a few weeks back we drove past it and saw they had hundreds of trees available! We also hadn’t planned on getting the tree so early. I normally like to wait until at least December. But, it didn’t take a lot to convince me to go haha.
There were a few people milling about, pulling out trees to see what they looked like and then getting them wrapped up in netting to take home. It didn’t take us long to find the perfect tree at all. In fact, we fell in love with the first tree we pulled out. It was enormous! At least 8 foot tall. It was an amazing colour and super bushy too. A Nordmann Fir which is always the type of tree I aim to get as they last the longest and their needles don’t drop as much.
Still, I insisted on wandering around a little longer just to be sure. We pulled out a few others, but when I saw other people looking around the original tree we picked I got panicky. So we picked up and got it wrapped. There was no way I was leaving that beauty behind!
Getting the Tree Home
The tree just about fit in the car, but it was literally touching the windshield and I had to sit at a pretty uncomfortable angle haha. It was also a lot heavier than I thought so getting it in and out of the car wasn’t the easiest thing!
As we live in a 3-storey house, with the living room on the middle floor, there was no way were were going to lug it upstairs to put it there. So, instead, we cleared a big open space in the open plan kitchen/diner to display it proudly. It didn’t quite fit inside the house, it was a very tall tree haha. But, luckily we only had to cut a little bit off the top so it wasn’t a huge deal.
It’s such a magnificent tree! And nothing will ever beat the smell of a real one.
Getting a giant, real tree with 3 kittens was definitely a risky move but it’s still standing so that’s all that matters!
Decorating Our Christmas Tree
Right…I am well aware everyone will hate how our Christmas tree looks. It’s not neat, it doesn’t have a theme and it’s not perfectly coordinated. My tree decorating inspiration has always come from what we did as kids when Christmas was the most magical time of year. So, it’s a proper ’90s style Christmas tree. I’ve never been one for the perfectly planned decor. I live for trees with coloured lights, lots of tinsel and mismatched decorations. Many of our decorations have come from places we’ve travelled to or that we’ve had since we were kids and have sentimental value.
Thankfully Jaz loves a ‘messy’ tree just as much as I do, so there were no arguments about that. Once the tree was up and secure we pulled out the decorations and put them on the tree spontaneously. We purposely left any decorations off the bottom so the kittens couldn’t reach them.
Here are some of my favourite decorations this year:
I was getting a little worried because it’d been a while since I had a tree this big and we didn’t have nearly enough decorations to fill it. But it worked out well in the end and was just as bright and tacky as I’d envisioned it to be!
I hope you all enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think of the tree in the comments but remember to be kind. Let’s not be the type of the people who judge and shame others for their Christmas tree. We all have different styles and tastes!