We have had a fake Christmas Tree for as many years as I can remember but in 2013 that changed.
During our holiday to Coombe Mill we had our first “real’ Christmas tree and fell in love with its look and smell and we have had a real tree ever since.
In 2015, we discovered Pines and Needles who allowed us to order our tree online and have it delivered straight to the door which was very convenient.
This year, however, they have opened a store on Christchurch Road, Boscombe and I decided to head down to see what they have on offer.
With free parking to the rear the site, you can take as long as you like to select your perfect tree and get a mini “treetorial” at the same time advising you on the best way to look after your chosen tree.
I opted for a 6ft Nordmann Fir and the team helped me load it into the car. They also offer a delivery service, covering BH1, BH2, BH5, BH6, BH7, BH8, BH3, BH9, BH4 areas. Standard drop off only service is £15 OR a premium service where they also install the tree in its stand is £25.
The Nordmann fir has a glossy green colour and big needles which are lovely and soft, making it suitable for those with young children. It is however slightly more expensive than the Norway spruce, which has that classic rich, fresh Christmas fragrance and a very structured pyramid shape. We have bought some scenticles, which you hang on the tree, from Homebase to give it a real pine scent
Then to the job of decorating it. Sebby was off school poorly for a couple of days so was very enthusiastic about helping and Isaac and Eliza helped when they arrived home from school. I may have rearranged some of the decorations when they went to bed *ahem*.
The tree looks fabulous and it has some lovely new decorations this year that we brought home from Lapland to remind us of our magical break.
Have you put up your Christmas tree yet?
Disclaimer: Pines and Needles provided me with our Christmas tree for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.