Advent Calendar 2017 – Christmas Tree

As a child we always had an artificial Christmas tree I think, usually a traditional styled green one with pretty coloured fairy lights and the fairy that my Grandparents used to put on their tree.

When I married we purchased a lovely and different artificial white tree which we got from the department store here in the UK called Alders, they have since gone under, but the tree lives on with another family.


Tree Christmas 2011 – copyright J Goucher

We then upgraded to the tree you see here. Which was lovely and looked very real, with a hint of snow and pine cones. It was about 6 foot and came pre-lit. My hubby is the usual tree decorator in this house, personally I find the whole thing a bit of a performance!

I would really love a real tree, but we don’t mainly because of mess and because they are not terribly pet friendly and we have to remember Alfie’s paws!

Sadly our lovely tree here had a malfunction in 2015 and in 2016 I splashed out on a lovely and expensive tree from Balsam Hill. As I inserted my card number into their website, I could hear my Grandma saying, “more money than brains!”

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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2 Responses to Advent Calendar 2017 – Christmas Tree

  1. Lisa Hill says:

    My mother always used to do a real tree, and I did too when my son was little, but these days I have a half-sized artificial one that, at the end of the festivities, I bundle up – decorations still in place – in a bed-sheet and store it in the space behind the TV until it’s time to get it out again…
    Here in Australia competitive decorating of the house-exterior has become A Thing. People spend a fortune putting lights everywhere, with Santas climbing out of fake chimneys and elves lurking in the trees. One house round the corner has filled the front lawn with Santa getting out of his life-size sleigh, complete with three massive reindeers, and a huge bag of presents. Families with young children drive round their neighbourhoods checking out the sights. ‘More money than sense?’ I guess with today’s privileged children, it takes a fair bit of money and effort to impress them and create a sense of occasion…


    • Decorating the outside is not such a big thing here, but when I was last in Australia for a Christmas it was phenomenal. As you may know I have family in Wagga, there was one street, every house decorated. It was lovely to see, but not for me. I’m the bar humbug in this relationship!

      I bought the tree a year ago and it was pricey, but it will last & had a good Warrenty. Meanwhile, we might as well spend the money; you cannot take it with you!


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