Choosing the Christmas Tree

It’s been years since we have had a real Christmas tree in the house. This year we decided to go for a real one, as there is something magical about the whole tree selecting process as well as having it in the house. Yes it costs more when we have a perfectly adequate fake one in the loft, but the smell of the needles really makes the house feel Christmassy.

We were out shopping on Saturday so popped into a couple of garden centre’s on the way around and compared trees and prices. Whilst the sensible in me was sitting on one shoulder asking why I wanted to spend money on something I didn’t need, the other me was watching 6yo’s face and enjoying spending every penny.



After Hubby declared “this one” we set off to have it wrapped. 6yo enjoyed trying to carry one end to help her Daddy.



When we got the tree home, it took us almost an hour to get it to stand up straight in the stand. I almost lost Hubby underneath the tree at one point which was amusing for me but I think he was starting to lose his patience a little bit.

6yo wanted to decorate the tree so we let her do her worst. I reasoned that I could just rearrange when she was in bed that night, but after her concentration and I could see that she really wanted to make it lovely and very colourful, I just decided that she could do it how she wanted and I would keep quiet.



The most important piece – the star was put on at the end and a very proud and happy 6yo admired her work. It’s got a lot of colours and it’s less coordinated that I would like but I have learnt that Christmas isn’t just about what I want so this year the decoration is over to her, and she is happy!

Do you choose real or fake?




  1. December 14, 2013 / 12:40 pm

    Ah, a lovely post. So nice to see your daughter enjoying it all. We have an artificial tree, as it’s just easier and slimmer!, especially while the kids are so young, but I’m hoping to go ‘real’ once they’re a little older 🙂

  2. December 14, 2013 / 12:57 pm

    Definitely real – I know it works out more expensive but I love the smell of real ones!

  3. December 14, 2013 / 1:51 pm

    Awwww, that photo of her putting the star on top is so lovely! It’s such a special part of Christmas. I never had a rear tree until I met my partner and he insists on one, and I have to say it’s become a really important part of our Christmas now 🙂

  4. December 14, 2013 / 5:11 pm

    Gorgeous tree. I love the concentration on her face as she is decorating the tree.

    • spicers1976
      December 15, 2013 / 10:44 pm

      the mess of a real tree would drive you insane wouldn’t it

  5. LauraCYMFT
    December 15, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    I prefer a fake tree but I do think real trees look lovely.

    • spicers1976
      December 15, 2013 / 10:43 pm

      Fake is easier to look after, but ours is behaving itself quite nicely so far

  6. spicers1976
    December 15, 2013 / 10:44 pm

    this is our first year of having a real one

  7. December 15, 2013 / 10:58 pm

    What a lovely tree. We have a really nice fake one but, seeing all of these real ones is making me think twice for next year!

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