The Perfect Christmas Tree, Without The Tears

Picking The Perfect Christmas Tree, Without the Fight

It is getting to be that time of the year. Christmas tree time. Obviously you might have a tree now, if you prefer the artificial kind. But for ‘real tree’ lovers, it is almost time to head to the garden centre or a tree farm/lot to pick out the perfect Christmas tree. How do you know when you’ve found that tree? And what happens when your idea of a terrific tree differs to that of your partner’s or your children?

These questions were brought up in one of the letters I receive from my readers. I thought I would share:

Dear Californian Mum in London,
My wife gets a little crazy around Christmas. She decorated every inch of the house two weeks ago. The only thing missing is the tree. This weekend we are going Christmas treeshopping. But I am not looking forward to it. Last year she spent over an hour at our local garden centre finding the ‘right tree’. Meanwhile, the kids and I lost the will to live. How can I get my wife to take tree shopping less seriously? Hope you can help.
Chris K


Dear Chris K,

Christmas is a stressful time. Your wife just wants a nice tree. I am sure she does millions of lovely things for you and the children throughout the year. Here’s your chance to do something nice. She wants Christmas to be special. Try being patient, like she is after picking your pants off the floor after the 100th time. So get over yourself.

Kind regards,




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4 thoughts on “The Perfect Christmas Tree, Without The Tears

  1. I would so love a real Christmas tree, but it would be a disaster with our toddler around! Men do need to understand how important the right tree is, and definitely need more patience at the garden centre all year round!

  2. Hee hee! I was always a real tree fan but since the twins have arrived we are fakers!! It’s just easier. I’m glad I didn’t spend a lot of time on it as they keep taking every bauble off….! I’m slightly fed up already! Jess xx

  3. I always had a real tree when i was young but once I had kids I decided I didn’t want pine needles everywhere that they could hurt themselves on since then we have always had artificial trees. 🙂

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