December is here so this can only mean one thing. Getting the much awaited Christmas tree up becomes a priority!
We almost made our own Christmas tree out of kick steps and kerb ramps and decorated with plastic chain, but managed to resist the temptation and opted for a 14ft Christmas tree with real branches instead.
We thought we could get a little festive this year and spoil ourselves during the Christmas season. Luckily, Dee and Shantel volunteered to coordinate the entire process of putting the Christmas tree up. Decorations were ordered. Twice. Who knew we’d need that many baubles? Stepladders proved to be handy while trying to get the star top on. So did the cable protection tape that ensures nobody is tripping over the tree.
Xmas Tree Ideas
Also, if you’re in the midst of currently putting your tree up, here are a few ideas that might inspire you. Source: Pinterest
Xmas Tree Facts
- The first decorated Christmas tree was in Latvia in 1510
- The use of evergreen trees first occurred before Jesus was born
- Cherry and hawthorns were also used as Christmas trees
- Small tea candles were used as decorations in the 17th century
- Every year, since 1947 England receives a Christmas tree from Norway as a sign of gratitude for helping Norway during WW II
- Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the US was the first one to have a Christmas tree up in the White House
- It takes 6-10 years to get a mature tree
- Most trees are cut weeks before they even get to your local flower shop, garden centre or supermarket
- Christmas trees need water too!
- 34-36 million Christmas trees are produced every year and 95% are directly shipped or sold from Christmas tree farms.