Celebrating the humble Christmas tree

We are currently in the midst of National Tree Week, which runs from 23 November to 1 December – and what better opportunity to celebrate the humble Christmas tree.

In my home, our tree takes centre stage. Picked up from the local tree farm and proudly adorned with festive decorations and treats, it is the focal point for our family gatherings over Christmas. Whether it’s providing a space for us to gather around while exchanging gifts on Christmas morning, or simply providing a festive backdrop while we snuggle up in front of Dr Who, our tree is a festive necessity.

I don’t know about you…but I feel slightly sad when, in January, the tree’s ‘work’ is done, and it is thrown out with the rubbish. A sad fate for a tree that provides us with so much festive cheer!


Nostalgic memories

I want to thank you Christmas tree for the many nostalgic memories you provide for me and my family every year.

I remember many weekends in December as a child where we’d search for the ‘perfect’ tree, squeeze it into our Ford Cortina (or whatever car we had at the time), find its place in our home and argue over who could hang the first bauble, while my dad had the yearly task of untangling the Christmas lights!


A warm and festive home

I also want to thank you Christmas tree for making our house always feel warm and festive across the Christmas season.

Whether we’re rushing around before the school run or cosying up in front of the TV of an evening, your twinkling lights and yuletide decorations always make our home feel like our very own festive paradise. Something that never fails to add to my daughter’s obvious excitement at this time of year!

So, during National Tree Week, the UK’s largest annual tree celebration which marks the start of the winter tree planting season, I’d also like to celebrate you Christmas tree. Thank you for just being you!


Hannah Drinkwater