It's full on Christmas in our house now - how do I know that?
Because there's a bloody great tree in the house that's how!
Blah blah blah you know how much I love Christmas so I'm totally one happy mummy right now.
The very kind people at Pines and Needles invited me to their opening event at their Wimbledon Park branch last week and we were able to choose a Christmas tree to bring home.
If you are a tree connoisseur then you really need to know about Pines and Needles - they do trees for celebs don't you know! Actually, they are a lovely family business, here's some blurb from them:-
"Pines and Needles was founded by brothers Josh and Sam Lyle back in 1995. It all started when the youngsters (then aged 15 and 13) came up with the brainwave of loading an old horsebox with Christmas trees from their family farm in Scotland and taking the long journey down to London.After a few years the kilted crew grew in size, the Internet beckoned, and the rest, as they say, is history."
They really can provide the whole package; for those who want it, you can have your tree delivered and completely installed for you (but that takes away all the fun of getting stabbed by a million needles doesn't it?!)
Back to our visit........
Carol singers provided the perfect soundtrack to our search and a good game of hide and seek amongst the mini forest (seriously - so many trees!) made for wonderful family fun.
There was a lovely event laid on which made the whole tree choosing experience extra magical!
Of course my boy knew exactly which tree he wanted!!!!!!
To be fair we absolutely would go for a tree this size if we lived in a mansion but sadly that's not the case.
However we always choose the biggest tree we can get away with and this year we hit the jackpot and found the most stunning 8 foot Nordmann fir.
All the trees are grown on the family farm still and they are excellent quality, no brittle branches and all shapes and sizes to choose from plus the Nordmann are non-drop meaning less mess and potential for injury!
For this area and this type of tree the prices are extremely competitive.
You can even gift a tree through Pines and Needles, what a lovely idea!
Josh helped us pick out our tree and all the staff were so friendly and even took time to share some fun and games with my boy - that's such a lovely touch. He was also super helpful in terms of recommending the ways to get the most life out of our tree.
There were a range of stands, mini trees, wreaths, garlands, lights and decorations also available on sale in the little log cabin. Pines and Needles have branches all over London and the South East (get it? BRANCHES - hahaha, lol!)
We were given a delivery slot for the same day and received text messages throughout the process to keep us updated. The tree was delivered by two very friendly members of the team and we followed the advice given to us and popped it outside for a couple of days sitting in water. It had been given a fresh cut when we choose it so we gave it another mini cut before bringing it into the house two days later.
Ta-da!!! Here it is in situ, in it's stand filled with water to keep it healthy and the branches are nicely levelling out now, all ready to be decorated with my boy when he comes home from school this evening. See how well-proportioned this tree it - not bare spots, good branch distribution - this is all a very serious business in our household!
Fear not - I'll be back with an update of the finished tree very soon.
It really is the most wonderful time of the year!
When does your tree go up usually? With December starting tomorrow you've got loads of time left to go out and choose your own tree too.
**Disclosure** We were gifted this tree by Pines and Needles in exchange for this review. However all opinions are honest and my own and never influenced by gifts.