On the 24th of November we traveled the short distance to Wimbledon Park to attend a lovely evening full of delicious food, bubbles, talented carol singers from Holland Park Opera and most importantly men in kilts… I mean Christmas trees! We had been fortunate enough to have been invited by the lovely people from Pines and Needles, who not only hosted this fantastic event but also gifted us a 7 foot Christmas tree.

Our real Christmas tree from Pines and Needles

Growing up in Denmark we’ve only ever had real trees as is tradition there. Moving here 7 years ago I was surprised by the number of fake trees around and as much as I can see the practicalities in having one, nothing beats the magic of a live tree in your living room. The scent, the colour, the uniqueness of each one!

Caspian loves the decorations on our beautiful tree from Pines and Needles

Caspian is fascinated by the tree and all it’s decorations. So far he’s been pretty good at not pulling off too many. Though with his love of balls the baubles better watch out.

The Nordman Firs from Pines and Needles are grown responsibly in Scotland and can be delivered to your door. By men in kilts I might add! Ours arrived late Friday evening and they brought it up three flight of stairs and unwrapped it, too. The guys made sure it was secure in the clever stand, which allows you to water the tree. This means it keeps until Christmas and looks bright and green all the way through December.

With our Victorian house and quite classic interior style we’ve gone for traditional decorations and old wooden ornaments in red, green and gold.



The Nordman Fir is known for limited drop and blunt needles, so great if you have children or pets. So far it’s keeping well and looks beautiful. If you are looking to buy a real Christmas tree this year check out the list of pop-up shops from Pines and Needles or you can simply order yours online. Started by brothers Josh and Sam Lyle back in 1995 Pines and Needles is a well established and well organised family run company with 23 sites across the capital. This has made them London’s market leader and absolute experts in the best and most beautiful real trees. Deservedly so with 350 employees and a dedication to quality and from our experience excellent customer service.

Watch our Vlogmas video to see the tree in all it’s glory from us picking it to fully decorated lighting up our living room. What do you think?

Have you ever had a real Christmas tree? Have you heard of Pines and Needles?

NB! Please note we were gifted the tree. All words and opinions are my own.