Fake Christmas trees have certainly come a long way since the flocked aluminium creations of the 1960s – but there’s nothing quite like the real deal to fill your home with that pine scent a candle simply can’t replicate. Besides which, heaving a dusty tree down from the attic doesn’t warm the cockles anywhere near as much a hot-chocolate-totin’ trip to the local Christmas market.
Know your Christmas trees
Read up on the Nordic Spruce, Nordmann fir, Scots pine et al to decide whether you want to prioritise price over, say, needle retention. The only drawback to a real tree, after all, is that spiky carpet of needles come January.
Get to grips with dimensions
Do not buy a tree until you know how high your ceiling is. Choosing the right tree will (obviously) depend on what your home can accommodate. Bear in mind that it will likely expand threefold once that netting has been snipped off. You can always chop away unnecessary branches (although remember children under 12 should not handle chainsaws unsupervised).
When Christmas is over...
If you've not arranged a tree pick-up, your local council should offer a tree recycling service. See www.recycleforlondon.com for details.
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