Oh Christmas Tree....Oh Christmas Tree!

The lovely people at Pines and Needles kindly sent us a 6ft Nordman Fir Christmas Tree on December 1st. Now we usually have a 6ft artificial one but now the monkeys are older I'd like us to return to having a real tree each year.

Sadly we weren't in when the tree was delivered via courier but alas not, they left it on the doorstep! All nicely wrapped in protective heavy duty plastic with netting inside and even protective sticks to support the top of the tree! We also got a water stand all boxed up and two mini real Christmas trees for the monkeys, which were wrapped in cardbord inside a the heavy duty plastic like the big tree.
How cool is that! 

A great bushy child friendly 'non drop' tree which although a little big for our lounge is mighty fine.
pines and needles real tree
Hubby set the stand up which was super easy, chopped a little bit off the bottom of the trunk (as advised) and then we left it to settle and dry out overnight! Inevitably there was some needle dropping but only minimal.
Ready to decorate tree
The monkeys were so keen to help decorate the tree the following day after school. So whilst they were out I put the lights on ready.
Lights on tree
We did place a nice star on top after decorating our beautiful tree but it is too heavy! I think you'll agree the tree looks fab! We're really pleased with it and now that it has settled the smell of fresh pine needles is amazing!
Tree decorated
Close up of the tree
Hubby is watering the tree via the base first thing each morning and we're hoping it lasts long past Christmas! I'd like to nurture it in the garden for next Christmas when we're done this year. Due to some of our tree decorations being on the heavier side we have had some falling off but we've simply replaced them and the tree is looking stunning!
Top of the tree
I can highly recommend Pines and Needles who delivered when they said and have been most helpful. We're not sure how we would have got a 6ft tree home ourselves had we gone to a garden centre or similar! You can see more details about Pines and Needles on my other post.

The monkeys are thrilled with their mini tree's which they put mini baubles on but don't want them in their bedrooms! 
Mini trees
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We were sent the tree's and stand in return for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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