This is when you should you put up your Christmas tree

by Super User
There’s something magical about a tree covered with lights and baubles Christmas is coming - and naturally all eyes turn to festive decorations, trees and everything else which makes you feel merry. The festive season promises to be a brilliant one this year, full of indulgence and shared memories with loved ones. There’s something mystical about a tree covered with lights and baubles, but first, of course, you need the tree. It can be hard to decide which Christmas tree to opt for - artificial or real, pre-lit or bare. The real pine may be more glamorous, but if you’re generally strapped for cash it may be worth investing in an artificial tree you can use again and again. If you’re on a budget, you can look for a second-hand tree on sites like Gumtree, Preloved or Freecycle. And then there’s the etiquette of when you actually put it up. While some like it as early as possible, others wait until its practically Christmas Eve. So what is socially correct? There’s no hard and fast rule about when you should put up your Christmas tree, but traditionally we've not done it until closer to the big day itself. In centuries gone by, trees were not to be brought in, let alone decorated, until after noon on Christmas Eve. Nowadays, the price of a Christmas tree means you will probably want it to hang around for more than a few days. Unfortunately, a tree put up at the start of the advent period will probably have shed most of its needles long before Santa comes - so the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) says you should get them from December 1 onwards at the earliest. We reckon the middle of the festive season, 10 days or so into December, is a good compromise. Here’s how to keep you tree in tip top condition: Buy a locally sourced one to improve your chances of getting a tree that has been more recently cut. Choose a tree that is only netted prior to taking it home. The net strains the branches, causing them to dehydrate sooner. If you don’t mind having a smaller tree, choose one that’s still in its pot as these still have their roots attached so will absorb water well and can be re-planted outside in January. These tend to be around three foot high. If you choose a cut tree, saw a further 2.5cm off the bottom when you get it home, to improve its water intake. Use a stand that allows you to add water daily, or as needed. Keep it away from radiators and be mindful that if you have underfloor heating, it will need more water.

Leave your comments


  • No comments found