Christmas Tree Shopping

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by cosmicbike, 8 Dec 2018.

  1. cosmicbike

    cosmicbike Perhaps This One..... Moderator

    For at least the past 10 years we have always had real trees, and buy them from our local grower, Maurice Mandry. Generally it's a PITA that takes at least an hour to find one that is the right shape, not too spikey, not too tall, but tall enough, and has to be the right shade of green. By the time you tick all the boxes you end up with a £40 tree:ohmy:
    But, last year we found the rejects section, and came home with a tree that was too big and rather lopsided, but at half the price and we liked it.
    So this morning we went straight to the rejects, first one we picked out was spot on and the manky bit is hidden in the corner:smile: £20 well spent for the smiles from SWMBO and the kids. And of course, now the tree is up, we can have Christmas music on too. The joy of it all...
  2. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Over the Hill
    It's only the 8th December you know :rolleyes:

    :whistle: :laugh:
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  3. OP

    cosmicbike Perhaps This One..... Moderator

    I know, normally I'd leave it for at least another week or 2 but I'm working all weekends between now and the 25th^_^
  4. Julia9054

    Julia9054 Veteran

    I'm not having one this year. There are no children in the family and i am going on holiday on Christmas Eve so it's a logical decision. I have surprised myself with how much I am struggling with the concept of no tree!
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  5. KneesUp

    KneesUp Veteran

    They’re £10 plus VAT at JTF.
  6. Reiver

    Reiver Guest

    picked mine up after the days ride - (£10 for a pack of smokes - they really are mental aren't they :wacko:)

    smelt nice driving home ^_^

    could have protested with my jeal jong
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  7. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Last real tree was got for nothing other than the cost of cutting it down and lugging it home.

    Benefit of living near suitable places.
  8. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    Had a look today at a few,then got the artificial one down from the loft for this year.
    No one's coming to us this year so not a lot of point.

    Saved £40 instead, ill miss the smell but that's about it.
  9. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    You’re welcome
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  10. BSOh

    BSOh Senior Member

    I did the same today for the same reasons. Prob a week early for us, but needs must, no day off now until xmas day. But at least I won't have time to go shopping more than once or twice. I do tend to go over the top with xmas when I have time to.
  11. Markymark

    Markymark Guest

    Buy artificial. Better for the planet.

    As with all things in life , buy the best you can afford.
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  12. Reiver

    Reiver Guest

    Really ?

    Latest fad seems to be, buy an artificial plastic tree complete with decorations and bin it off come January, this don't sound good.

    Apart from the waste of land, real trees can be nearly carbon neutral if composted or burnt (methane problem if sent to land fill) . Either way it is rampant consumerism and is not good for the planet, but real is probably not quite as bad as plastic.

    (we have a plastic tree in the house that is 20 year old and its decorations 50 + year old) I'm hoping that is us being very very good?
  13. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
  14. Markymark

    Markymark Guest

    That would be bad but it wasn’t what I meant. Buy an artificial and use it year on year.
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  15. srw

    srw It's a bit more complicated than that...

    As so often, the Guardian will tell you what to think. And it will tell you that you're wrong.

    Find a local grower, compost it afterwards, and the real tree is carbon negative. Our grower is a mile away.



    Our local one is even on the tube network, and is probably also the local farm for many of those misguided souls who live in the smog castle of central London.
    Last edited: 9 Dec 2018
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