I’m starting to feel a little Christmassy. There I said it, it’s out there in the open and I’m ready to be shot down in flames. It happens to me about the same time every year, once my birthday is over at the end of October and we race towards the beginning of November. That familiar feeling of wanting want to plan, to organise and to ponder over what gifts I’ll buy and what decorations need replacing.
Thinking on about the decorations, this year we may need to buy a new Christmas tree. Our current white tree is faded and stained, from storage and from daylight and desperately needs some attention. We’d love a real tree but I do find that they’re not always that practical for children, and for the carpet, and they’re very expensive year on year, so we have opted to buy a new artificial tree for this coming Christmas.
In the last few years this is what our tree has looked like:
Well that’s because they haven’t!
They have their own tree to do with as they wish and they love it. Now they’re old enough to remember the ritual from last year, it’s become a really fun activity that they get incredibly excited about. It’s an afternoon of mayhem and fun, where they spread tinsel, recollect the makings of old decorations, and marvel over their works of art.
For me, control freak that I am, I get a tree that is mine to do with as I wish. So everyone is happy.
And so the hunt begins for the new tree. Should I just replace like for like and get a fresh new white tree, or should I look at different styles? I’m quite drawn to the ultra modern style of the prelit twig trees? Mr Demolition is quite keen, surprisingly enough and I’m wondering if this could be the answer.
This one’s from the Debenhams Christmas range and I’m liking it a lot. It would look very cool with the right kind of baubles and adornments. It would sit very well in my contemporary living room and it would be very striking and dramatic. All the elements I would look for.
But there’s something niggling me. Something that doesn’t feel right. It’s just that, for the children, this isn’t much of a tree is it? Will they look back at their childhood and feel deprived that I never provided them with a decent Christmas tree. One with traditional green spikes that’s covered in tinsel. I have some guilt creeping in.
Will the children of today be happy that Santa came and left a pile of gifts for them underneath a pile of twigs? Does the twig tree really not matter? Is it actually about the gifts?
I’ll ponder on this one. I’ll peruse the shops and home magazines with their illustrations of the latest styles and fashions for our Christmas decorations. And no doubt I’ll do a roundup article on the blog when the time comes. But what do you think? Should a Christmas Tree be traditional, or is it ok to follow fashion and take your tree to the modern extreme?
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