Our first real Christmas tree is pretty special and already made us so many memories as a family. Read on to find out how we came together and introduced a new family tradition this year with Pines and needles, the UK’s most popular Christmas tree provider.
When we first agreed to accept a Christmas tree in exchange for a review from Pines and needles, I imagined decorating the tree, taking immaculate photos and showing off our new addition. But actually our tree this year has provided so much more than creativity and social sharing. Our tree has provided us family time, happiness, an evening out choosing her, a naming ceremony and a small argument over how the lights should be arranged. My Daughter has named her tree and my Husband has taken on the responsibility of making sure she is watered regularly. Which leaves me to admire her. Holly should I say.
Choosing our Christmas tree was a lovely experience. We bundled into the car after school and popped up the M1 motorway. When we arrived in our smartest coats we ran through ferns and became excited at the smell of Christmas. Us ladies let my Husband take the lead in choosing the most suitable tree for our home whilst my Daughter and I played hide and seek amongst the trees on display. Twenty-four hours later, Holly was delivered to our dining room and erected in a suitable tree holder. All 8 ft of her. A stunning tree finished off with a pretty skirt.
I feel so festive this year and a real tree has really complimented our Christmas layout. The dining room smells divine and looks like a setting from a luxury print magazine. Our pines and needles tree is situated behind a pair of floor to ceiling glass patio doors and not only makes a seasonal welcome for our guests but flows perfectly with the theme of our country garden. My regular readers will know that I am a keen gardener and I have recently been doing a lot of research on our new tree.
Let me share some top tips with you. Sourced from the experts over at the Carbon Trust.
The colour of the needles on real trees should be dark green rather than pale and washed out, and should feel waxy to the touch. To check that a tree is fresh, hold the inside of a branch and gently tug it towards you. All the needles should stay on the tree.
How to dispose of your real tree
According to the carbon trust, you need to re – use an artificial tree at home for at least 10 Christmases to keep its environmental impact lower than that of a real tree. Once Christmas is over, consider burning your tree on the bonfire, or have it chipped for the garden. This significantly reduces the carbon footprint by upto80 percent. If these options are not possible, check your local authority website to see if they will collect and recycle it. Some local charities offer a free collection and removal service too.
If you are thinking about getting a real Christmas tree this year then check out the pines and needles website for options on their delivery and tree dressing service!
Please take a second to enjoy our beautiful family video and see for yourself how much happiness a real tree can bring!
*Many thanks to pines and needles for gifting our family a Christmas package in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*