Decorating the tree is set to be a key event this season: online sales of trees are already booming (with prelit and potted varieties being particularly popular) and many of us hoping to blast away the gloom of the year so far with something jolly.
There are, however, a few things to consider before putting in your order this year:
When is the best time to put your Christmas tree up?
The British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA) says it’s fine to buy your tree from December 1 onwards, but the middle of the season, the third week after Advent (around 11 December) is a good compromise.
Getting your tree in early is fine if it’s faux, but if you’re going for a real one, ordering too soon might leave you with a needleless, mangy-looking number by Christmas day. According to Liam Lapping of online florist Flowercard (flowercard.co.uk), “Real Christmas trees last 4-6 weeks, if looked after.
So, if you take your Christmas tree down straight after New Year’s Eve then you should order your tree to arrive on the 28th November. However, if you take your Christmas tree down on Twelfth Night, then your tree should go up on 2nd December.” Websites such as Croft & Cole (croftandcole.com) have a variety of trees to choose from and let you select your delivery date, from 24th November onwards.