It wouldn't be Xmas without the tree its the first thing you think of right.... Well we opened day two's envelope to reveal :putting up/decorating the tree.  This year we treated ourselves to a fresh cut real one, contrary to popular belief you can find them here in the desert obviously exported and usually at ACE although not the cheapest option. We got the full experience from choosing it then taking it home on top of the car to building its stand and now caring for it. Let me just say the smell in our house is truly divine, don't get me wrong though we pay a small price in sweeping the fallen needles daily. 

 Everyone has their own personal style when it comes to the tree, some collect personal ornaments over time or alternate colours every year. We opted for a medium tree and minimal decorations I'd like to say a scandi (free of decorations) tree by choice  - but we have a toddler and shiny small objects attracts them we decide our tree is a work in progress at the moment it has lights, a few woodland animals with a star on top which is all the kids really cared about most. We debated whether we decorate the half of the tree that Chloe can't reach fancy on the top casual on the bottom but really the tree speaks for itself for now. Of course I'll keep you posted on its slow transformation.

The tree only needs a can of water a day to keep death away, we don't have the best history of keeping plants alive could this be the one time we succeed lets hope so. In the meantime I have been doing some reading and was interested on the great REAL Vs FAKE debate I found an interesting article I thought I'd share  HERE



xmas tree facts



  • Trees have been worshipped since the ancient Egyptains but it was the Germans who originally bought real fir trees decorated with edible item like : pretzels, nuts, berries, and apples into guild houses for Children to eat, they were then moved into wealthy houses and became a yearly ritual. No wonder people flock to their Xmas markets yearly.


  • In 1930 the U.S.-based Addis Brush Company created the first artificial Christmas tree made from brush bristles. The company used the same machinery that it used to manufacture toilet brushes, but they were dyed green.