When we were kids, we always had a huge (to us) tree and guess what? No lights those days, just clip on candles - how dangerous
Then in the sixties, I worked for the Forestry Commission and a few Norway Spruce trees fell into my possession (?) and I planted them in my mother's garden. Years later, I lived next door to her and used to sell the trees from the gate Paid for the turkey and trimmings for years!!
Now it is a rather skungy Norway spruce in a pot which we drag inside on Christmas Eve, and decorate with ELECTRIC lights.
In our home no decorations ever went up till Christmas Eve, and they stayed up till the 12th day of Christmas (Jan 6th). Epiphany.
We keep the Christmas tree spirit alive each year. We wait for the grandkids to come over and put up and decorate the tree. This year we are down to one Grandkid as the other one lives too far away to visit often.
When we were young in England, our Mum always put the tree up together with lights sometime early December. So we continue the tradition here and our kids love it. They want them up earlier each year , but early Dec is early enough for me.
Plus we also decorate the inside living room/living area ceilings with streamers made from crepe paper and twisted to show two colours, and those decs that are made from coloured foil and cut to Christmassy shapes. It usually looks awesome and we all love it. It all comes down on 6th Jan as someone said earlier.
It makes Christmas more ..... Christmassy. Try it if you don't already do it
Do you keep the tradition of a xmas tree setup on the 1 Dec?
Post a pic of your xmas tree...
We have an artifical tree that tries desparately not to topple with all the decorations the kids put on. Will post a pic of it later when have new batteries in the camera (I think they got 'borrowed' by my son for his robotic dog...cheeky little thing).
Hey Rob, I think I have the same curtains as you!!
No, usually we wait for a few days after Dec 1. When we were younger had a real tree and candles on the tree, (I think a Dutch tradition) however things change and now we just set up an artificial one. Miss the smell of the fresh tree - and it was always sad to take it down - plus pine needles everywhere.