I love a real Christmas tree. The way it scents the house with its delicious fresh pine fragrance always gets me in the festive mood.
Every year we make a family pilgrimage to the garden centre near the flat where we had our first child, Jacob, pictures of taking him in his baby sling to choose his first tree still fresh in our minds seven years later.
We stuff the mesh wrapped tree in the boot of the car, and the boys spend the journey home complaining as it sticks its piney needles into their ears. My husband curses as he attempts to make it stand upright in the fiddly tree stand and then sheds a million needles all over the house as he puts it up in pride of place in our living room.
I adore the ritual of getting the baubles out, attempting to hang them on the tree without the children smashing too many of them. Twirling tinsel around the branches and swiping the chocolate decorations out of the boys' thieving hands so they can at least make it onto the tree for a moment before being gobbled up by greedy little mouths.
But this year I am in a dilemma. With walking twins I am worried for their safety and my sanity if I bring a tree covered in needles and breakable baubles into the heart of our home. For the first time in my life I found myself considering taking the artificial route, particularly after my eye was caught by the sparkly charms of a silver tinsel tree in M&S this weekend.
The idea of no needles, no water spilled everywhere as we try give the tree a drink to stop it from drying out in the central heating, and no need for lost of delicate glass decorations as the tree is bling enough on its own are very attractive, but can I cope without that real tree scent wafting around my house?
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