It's time to start thinking about your Christmas tree...
The festive season is fast approaching, and it seems Brits cannot wait to embrace it, with one 2016 poll revealing one in 10 Britons would already have their Christmas tree up by early November, a whole six weeks before the big day.
With the festive season fast approaching, the ultimate centre piece in every home will be the Christmas tree. A real tree will be the perfect choice for those who are looking for a truly traditional option, which will provide the perfect place to hang your decorations, in the process creating a glittering, twinkling display.
Dobbies in-house expert Craig Roman shares his top tips to help you choose and care for your real tree.
Choosing the tree
There will be for main types of tree sold in the UK, with each having different star-quality merits.
1 The Nordman Fir: the most popular choice, primarily due to its perfect shape, low-needledrop properties and luxury feel of its glossy, soft green needles, the Nordman Fir is the ideal choice if you want to put your tree up early and want it to still look its best on Christmas Day.
2 The Fraser Fir: with a narrow width, the Fraser Fir is perfect if you're decorating a small space. With a blue green colour and dense glossy foliage, it's ideal for tinsel, lights and a sprinkling of hanging decorations.
3 The Noble Fir: these are a little bit special, and will not be available in huge numbers, but if you're looking for something a bit more luxurious this could be ideal. Whorls of blue-tinged needles will adorn these gorgeous chunky trees, with nicely spaced foliage to provide the perfect place for your baubles and decorations.
4 The Norway Spruce: it's viewed as the traditional Christmas tree, and boasts a lovely pyramid shape, dark green foliage and has a classic rich, fresh festive scent. This will be the tree we all remember from our childhood, and although the needles will not last as long as some other varieties, it's a good choice for those with cooler rooms or tend to put their tree up a little later. They could also make great display trees for the front garden to welcome your guests over the festive period.
Text and information courtesy of Dobbies