Thu 28th, Nov, 2013

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Hellooo, talking Christmas trees today for Love Your Christmas home.

This really is the one of the last few posts of ‘thinking’ of a pretty Christmas home, once December proper rolls around ladies we are going to start getting sparkly, we will be putting our Christmas foofing hats on.  We will, of course, have done all sorts of gathering of inspiration, we will have stock-piled twinkly lights, we will have Christmas bubble bath stashed by the tub, our dress will be hanging ready, and, our homes will be clean (though our kitchen cupboards will be hiding a multitude of sins).

So today think about your tree  – now I could ramble on pretty much for hours and hours about trees…I could tell you about the blooming awful tree I bought in Australia from a discount store when we had just started our business and budget was, ahem, how can I say, not stretching to all things fresh and green…this tree of the low-dollar variety I felt was ok in the shop but when I brought it home was pathetically spindly and somehow, I’m not quite sure how, looked worse with decorations on it…and made one feel particularly scrooge-like…and then another Australian mistake was the white tree I bought when we first moved here, thinking it would make me feel cold and snowy, oh my, not not not not not good ladies…you may well have a white tree and it looks fandabbydozy, you may have a white tree and love it, as do I love them elsewhere, but I had a white tree that went yellow – like the yellow you find, if you are familiar with it, on the ceiling of an English pub yellowed from smoke (at least in the old days, I hear from the motherland that smoking is no longer allowed in Public Houses, strange but true), or we could talk about the time I lost my marbles and bought blue baubles.

There is a good thing though about having a long list of Christmas tree mistakes….one suddenly gets to the other side of forty-is-the-new-thirty and one realises that one loves traditional and green and by its nature it’s easy on the pocketbook and one does not fuss too much but sticks with the simple and festive look and one realises that gosh it just works.

I’m there at that point this year, I’ve already bought a couple of mini trees, no fussing and I’m awaiting the arrival of the big fresh green mutha to go on the deck, there will be no yellow trees this year, no blue baubles, no Christmas tree scrooge….


So think about your tree, will you be having a tree this year?

For me Christmas = having a tree, end of story, for others I know it’s not the same – will you be having a tree, or have you always fancied something a bit different?  Maybe a driftwood tree or something in place of a tree (one year we were on holiday in Florida at Christmas time and decorated a big potted palm as our ‘tree’).  If your budget won’t stretch can you gather natural things from outside for a tree.

1. Do you need to invest in a new artificial tree?  I’ve seen some gorgeous ones…they are often quite a big investment for the quality ones though, I always think that is a big decision at this time of year.

2. Where will your tree go?  Find a place and clean it (!)

I like my tree to be near the window so that you can see it at night as you pull up, but I also love a fresh tree on the deck too so I’ll be thinking about this one.

3. How will the logistics of the lights go?  Always a challenge :)  Where is the socket, will you need an extension – is it safe??

4. What will you put your tree in?  This is always always a problem for me, it never looks quite as I thought, I don’t like the stands much and have kinda settle on various forms of a bucket.   In this climate too I need to seriously think about how I will water it!

5. When will you be putting your tree up?  We always make a big occasion of it – will you be doing the same, a tree dressing partay perhaps?  Or will you revel in Bing in the background, a glass of Baileys and some calming solitary time?

Happy tree hunting ladies.  I’m getting ready to start putting up my lights, a few days to go and we will be there.

Also I hope all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving have had a lovely celebration.



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11 Responses to “LOVE YOUR CHRISTMAS HOME Day 9”

  1. lizzie says:

    Hi Sarah, I have always been disappointed in my artificial Christmas trees and change them regularly hoping the next one will be the one, I found a site balsam hill, they are only new in Australia but big overseas. There trees are artificial but made to mimic a natural tree.
    They are expensive but they have up to 50% off until 3rd Dec. so I took the plunge,cant wait for it to arrive. Here is hoping this is the one! Lizzie

    • sarah says:

      oh I wish you luck Lizzie! I have seen some beautiful ones in the States and quite a few in England too but over here they seem to be very expensive for the good ones – a friend of mine also got a lovely one online I wonder if it’s the same place xxx

  2. Tina says:

    I’m with you I want the real deal. The smell triggers so many memories. And Bing and Johnny Mathis are a must. Love your blog and it’s fun following the days of LYCH.

  3. Aisling says:

    Hi sarah i have to have a real tree and have never seriously considered anything else. I even have trouble finding a good quality real one! Last year they didnt have a nice one at the “ok” place i go but said they could deliver one so i paid and wait for it to turn up – it was over 12ft tall and couldn’t fit it in the house.
    Most xmas trees here seem to be sorry looking specimens sold by dodgy guys on the side of the road… You have just reminded me to try and start my annual hunt again!

    • sarah says:

      I hear you – where I am it’s like a lottery as to whether or not you will get one as they are few and far between hence my dabbling in artificial!

  4. Chrissie says:

    Hi Sarah, I think I just saw that blooming awful Christmas tree you first bought from the discount store in Delta Dewata in Bali! Not much choice here for a real tree – coconut palms and frangipani trees do not lend themselves to having baubles hanging off them, but thank goodness they look great with lights! Loving your ideas and trying hard to adapt them here!

    • sarah says:

      thanks Chrissie, ha I can imagine the trees in Bali – pretty nice scenery you’ve got there though to compensate!

      how about doing something with the palm leaves and stuff that falls from the trees and goes all brown? I’ve got one at the end of our garden, it’s huge and drops these kinda bushy twig ball things – I’m going to do something with that, I think it will look great with white light and silver baubles xx

  5. Lisa Mckenzie says:

    That wee little tree in your basket is lovely,i have a fake tree a nice one but i have not put it up this year as yet!

  6. Petra says:

    We bought a 2.4m whopper (fake) from Myer last Boxing Day sale – gorgeous but too big for our small place – wanted to sell it but Son said no! Have gone traditional (baubles) this year – grey, red, green, white, and yes, it is something to do with the unfashionable side of 40! However, I am partial to a driftwood tree (if I can find one not too many $$$). Your bike looks so cute with little tree in it!