The real deal: your Christmas tree guide (and some Norwegian traditions)
Our freshly cut trees go on sale 1 December. Here’s how to choose the best one for your home and keep it looking good right through till Twelfth Night.
Norway Spruce. Picea abies
The traditional Christmas tree that’s as old as Santa Claus (almost). You’d recognise those straight, light green, stand to attention needles anywhere. Take a deep breath and suddenly you’re in a pine forest.
A few words from our Norwegian designer, Helen
“We call the Christmas tree “Juletre” and decorate it like here but also hang a string of Norwegian flags and thread red ribbons on gingerbread hearts. We stick cloves in an orange and hang it up, taking a clove out every day like an old fashioned Advent calendar. “Juletrefest” is our Christmas tree dance where we go around the tree and sing Christmas songs.
Every Norwegian will eat Christmas porridge – a sort of hot rice pudding – sprinkled with cinnamon, sugar and a dollop of butter. When the porridge is being made a whole almond goes in, and whoever gets it wins a marzipan pig. Yum!
Nordmann Fir. Abies nordmanniana
Hailing from southern Russia with a hint of pine forest fragrance, this tree has become a firm favourite because it keeps its needles longer. They are also darker, more substantial and less prickly. Which all adds up, so while beautiful, this variety is more expensive.
- Keep away from direct heat
- Remove about one inch of tree stump
- Plunge tree stump in water before decorating
- Keep tree stump in water when in base
- Keep well watered during festive season
- Never get water anywhere near Christmas lights