Christmas tree day 2014!



There are few things in the world I find more disappointing than the weather being overly balmy on the day we go to buy our Christmas tree. For me, Christmas tree shopping should be done wearing at minimum of four layers and two pairs of socks and the trees themselves should be coated in a fine layer of frost. In past years, it’s been so very warm and bright that I’ve peeled off coat, gloves, scarves and hat by the time we’ve even looked at one single tree!

This year however, tree day was everything I could’ve hoped for. Crisp, frosty air. Crisper, frostier trees. A bright but watery sun sat low in the sky. Robins landing on Christmas tree branches, and looking like they’d come straight from the front of a Christmas card. The sort of day where you’d like to conjure up a never-ending cup of mulled wine to drink from all day…and whilst we’re conjuring, maybe we could make one that never goes cold too?

We got up bright and early on Saturday morning to go and pick out our Christmas tree, after we’d heard rumours that the garden centre where I’ve bought Christmas trees for no less than 23 years had severely underestimated demand and were running low. Panic stations! We beat the weekend crowds and found a plentiful enough supply, and after much deliberation, came away with a tree that I’d say is at least 30% too large for our living room. I’d like to just say though that the ludicrous size definitely was *not* all my doing- Jason was totally behind the Giant Christmas Tree decision too! Oh, and it’s not the one I’m holding in these photos here…it’s a good 2 feet bigger!

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What I wore :: Cashmere hat {c/o Brora} || Parka coat {c/o Boden- the warmest coat I’ve ever worn, & it’s on sale now too!} || Fairisle jumper || Tartan scarf || Jeans || Hunters

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We came home, warmed up with tea and an early lunch of hot dogs, then got to tree decorating. Jason was in charge of lights, I was bauble-manager-in-chief, and Teddy pottered around us trying to eat stray branch cuttings and making surprise lick attacks on our faces whenever we crouched down to his level to tinker with the tree.

Info- we made a call and went ribbon-free this year. I know. It’s been a pretty major decision making process ;) The ribbon’s not been put to waste though- I used it to make a simple garland for the stairs, along with the baubles that were left over after decorating the tree.

And here she is!


There’s nothing quite like the glow of Christmas tree lights, is there?

Merry-less-than-a-week-to-go everyone!

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  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Lovely tree! I lovely your tree buying outfit too :) I got my tree over the weekend as well and had so much fun putting it up – the house feels so Christmassy now! xx

  • Wild Hearts + Green Tea

    Oh, adore the light in these photos – so dreamy! And your tree-decorating turned out great :)

  • Fi at this and that blog

    I love the buying of the tree today, it always feel so special. This year was the first year ever that my sister’s and I didn’t accompany our Dad to buy ours and that makes me a little sad. At least he chose a good ‘un! Yours looks super lovely and Christmasy, what a good job you did! x

  • Ala Skrakowski

    So beautiful! We never had real Christmas trees, apart from once when the pine needles that fell off the tree whilst it was in the living room drove my mum and dad to distraction! Your tree looks fab though x

  • Kat

    Looks absolutely lovely! Beautiful pictures, too!

  • Kate

    Beautiful pictures! We always have a fake tree but I definitely want to get a real one one year! x

  • Mimmi

    Your Christmas tree is lovely! Sounds like you had such a nice day too :)

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • Victoria

    What a beautiful tree- very classy!
    Our tree is pretty crazy and colourful this year- I have to admit that I love a bit of tinsel!! x

  • Anca

    You tree looks so beautiful, love the baubles.

  • Charlie

    I love the pictures ! That’s a very pretty tree you’ve got yourself ! I’ve never been a fan of real trees but this year with all the pretty blog post about tree picking I almost wish I had one ! haha

    Charlie xx

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