Christmas Trees

Tree 1

I much prefer a real Christmas tree and last year bought a pot-grown one which has done well throughout the year, with new buds appearing at the tips of most branches. Will bring it in nearer to Christmas as do not want it in a centrally heated environment for too long.Tree 2

Out and about, though, trees are appearing everywhere from town centres to front gardens, glimpsed through lighted windows or spied up poles!B Tree

One local council has hung these trees from the posts erected to hold hanging baskets in warmer months.B Tree 1

LED lighting is replacing energy-guzzling traditional lamps but sometimes the effect can be lost with these tiny bulbs, especially when lit during sunny days. I found this example rather odd when juxtaposed with giant ice cream cones at a nearby store.

A visit to Upton House, a National Property on the Oxfordshire-Warwickshire border, at the weekend helped to get into the Festive spirit even if the chosen period depicted was the austerity of 1945 after the WWII had ended yet with rationing still a stark reality.

The house was set up to replicate its use by a London bank for the duration but there were lots of social elements, too including real trees in many of the rooms. Decorations were of the make-do-and-mend variety. Newspaper was a popular choice but some glass baubles and paper lanterns – perhaps saved from previous years – were around and it seems artificial trees were also used where real firs were unavailable. One particularly delicate tree was made from goose feathers. (Now there’s a little snippet that can be incorporated into writing sometime.) Enlivened by carol singing and enactors in costume, altogether an enjoyable visit. Very glad we pre-booked our timed tickets, however, as it was very busy.

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2 Responses to Christmas Trees

  1. Hi Ann, lovely pictures as always. Your trip to austerity Britain sounded interesting. I love the tree, the smell of it and the host of ornaments I’ve collected over time. anne stenhouse

  2. Ann Williams says:

    Hello Anne, lovely to hear from you. Yes, the smell of pine is definitely one of the best things about Christmas and a real tree. Have to confess spices are another seasonal memory as I can only recall these being used at Christmas. There are several NT houses within a reasonable journey from here. Canons Ashby in Norhtamptonshire was another great venue. Only three rooms were open the year we visited but now offers “earthy Tudor treats, austere Puritan practices, generous Georgian feasts, fashionable Victorian customs and familiar twentieth century celebrations.” A veritable feast for historical fiction writers!

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