My plan for 2015 was to get a small, real tree to set up in my window and I hadn't really given it much thought beyond that. It was a total shock when I came home last week to a good-sized potted Norfolk Pine just begging to fill that holiday void!
I hadn't done much research on living trees and so I've spent the last few days reading up and learning about all the wonders of this magical holiday plant. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's the answer to every problem I have in my life.
Real tree or fake tree?
NEITHER GET ONE THAT'S STILL ALIVE (and will continue to be after the holidays).
Make yourself a cup of tea. Dilute what's left and share a little with your tree friend.
Need a cuddle?
The boughs of the Norfolk Pine are shockingly soft. Give your tree a gentle hug.
Need to hang your ornaments?
The Norfolk Pine has plenty of willowy branches to highlight the gleam of your favourite bits and bobbles.
The plant store that carried my Norfolk Pine thought it would be a fun touch of whimsy to sprinkle the branches with a dusting of glitter. Thanks to them, I'll be finding that sparkly magic for weeks, and maybe months, after the holidays.
For bonus low-impact points, I decorated my tree only with second-hand vintage glass ornaments. At a time of year when our consumption is at a premium, it's nice to know that I can celebrate in a clean way, as well as have something that will last well beyond the season and, hopefully, for years to come.