I love real Christmas trees! Years ago it was always The Norway Spruce with that lovely resinous smell. Then along came Nordeman trees with their better needle retention.
We put up decorations on the first of December these days so real trees are a no no, it’d look pretty sorry by New Year’s Day. Also used to like the old style glass baubles rather than the cheaper looking plastic variety.
Lead lametta used to be available, no chance of finding it now though.
It’s far, far too early to even begin to think about all that. We have a date of early December to put all our stuff up and only because we have a trip away, otherwise I wouldn’t put anything up until mid-December.
Our tree we bought about fifteen years ago for around £150, which is really a 6ft collapsible pipe cleaner and still going strong, although bits of it’s fake snow tend to fall off and is gradually going bald. Although every year I have this habit of adding more fairy lights and “Mrs Graham” likes to buy baubles from the various places we visit when abroad.
Nope, not a Christmasy couple, it’s really just another day on the farm for us. The animals still need to be seen to in the morning and if it’s nice weather wise we sometimes go off with the Clydes for a few hours hack. I hate all the run up to the day, everyone going crazy and the shops packed out, stress on all the faces…Shudder. I’m always glad when the whole darn season is over.
I don’t put up a Christmas tree until a day or two before Christmas.
I do like to see twinkling lights on gloomy dark evenings, though.
I have some solar powered outdoor fairy lights which I drape around a couple of trees in the garden - one is a conifer and the other is a Holly tree - as they are evergreens, I don’t need to wait until the leaves have fallen but I don’t usually put the lights up until late October.
@pauline3 - if you don’t want to get your tree out so early but want a few twinkly lights to brighten things up as Winter approaches, maybe you could use a few strings of LED battery lights to decorate your staircase or draped around a mirror or make a few lighted decorations to put around your room?
You can often pick up these battery operated fine-wired strings of lights for a few pounds - they often have a timer switch so will come on every evening at the same time for a few hours.
I have a few strings of these - they are easy to wind around a stair banister or a mantle shelf or mirror. I sometimes use lights like this and a few of my Christmas tree baubles in a glass vase or bowl to make a decoration to light up a gloomy corner of a room in Winter. I hide the battery box beneath the other decorations in the bowl or vase.