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Trees and Traditions: Turning getting your Christmas tree into a family day out

Stephanie Withers

08 December 2017

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The arrival of December means only one thing, it’s officially acceptable to grab the tinsel and start decorating! Despite the variety of artificial trees available, an outing to pick up a real Christmas Tree has remained one of our favourite family traditions. There’s something unbeatable about breathing in the scent of fresh pine in the morning and having such a beautiful piece of nature in our home.

A boy at the entrance to the Christmas tree forest

This year we went to Tyrebagger, a forest looked after by The Forestry Commission who have sites across the UK. Their ‘100% Santa Approved’ trees have all been grown in a sustainable manner and there’s advice on how to recycle your Christmas tree once the festive season is over so there’s no waste. If you want to read more about that then head over to find the perfect real Christmas tree for you!

A boy pointing to a sign at Forestry Commission

Arriving at the forest the festive atmosphere was instant and the boys couldn’t wait to find their perfect tree. It felt wonderfully wintery thanks to the recent snowfall so ideal for snapping a few pictures for our Christmas cards. Being early this year, there were hundreds of beautiful spruces, firs and pines to look through.

A boy walking on snow covered grass

A boy looking excited to get a real Christmas tree

After thoroughly inspecting several trees and getting useful feedback from the boys (who used an interesting sniff tactic to determine the best one) we eventually agreed on a lovely 6ft tree from the Nordmann Fir range. These trees are luxuriously soft and don’t constantly drop needles - A must when you have young children! One tip: Depending on the size of the tree you’re looking for, you might want to take two cars so that you can flatten down the backseats to make more room.

A real Christmas tree with a Nordmann Fir label

The staff were very helpful and kindly let Finlay help seal the tree in a bag to take home. We also had a browse of some of the cones and foliage available that you can make your own decorations with, which would be perfect for a Christmas DIY or two. For anyone needing to warm up, there were some hot drinks and snacks available from a catering truck.

A kid helps to wrap his real Christmas tree to take home

A boy and his dad carrying their real Christmas tree

Each Forestry Commission site has different activities on offer, including festive workshops and Santa’s Grottos so it’s worth looking online to see what your local park has on. It’s also a great opportunity to go for a walk along one of the trails so if you have a dog there’s no reason they can’t join you on this festive outing!

We rounded up the day by warming up with some hot chocolates! To keep the Christmas spirit going we chose somewhere wintery and atmospheric where we could sit outside under some cosy heaters and blankets. We didn’t last long though, as the boys couldn’t wait to get home to decorate their tree.

A boy drinking a cup of hot chocolate

Happy Holidays everyone!

P.S Don’t forget to cut off a bit of the tree trunk and turn it into a festive decoration. It’s a sweet way to immortalise that first Christmas.

Will you be picking up a real Christmas tree this year? Let us know in a comment below, and don't miss even more Christmas ideas and inspiration from our blog!

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Stephanie Withers

08 December 2017

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Stephanie Withers is a blogger, freelance writer, compulsive coffee drinker and mother to two wildlings, Finlay and Parker. Stephanie is one of our much loved Trusted Explorers, which means all content has been written exclusively for dayoutwiththekids.co.uk in exchange for a contribution to their family piggy bank. All posts are first hand, honest and based on real experiences.

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