Seasonal Rituals | Oh Christmas tree, with Balsam Hill…

oh christmas tree with balsam hill

Oh Christmas tree

Oh Christmas tree

How beautiful are your branches…

It goes something like that, I think.  Anyway, yes I know it’s early but I couldn’t wait to share with you my Christmas tree for this year.  This season we have gone for a monochrome look with white and glass baubles, white stars and white feathers.  With a little touch of gold with gold dipped white feathers and gold chocolate mice.

oh christmas tree with balsam hill

Our family Christmas tradition, in the past, was to visit a local farm and cut down our own tree.  Sadly this beautiful place is now closed as the owner has retired.  So, in a search for finding a sustainable alternative, (and one that stands up to the weeks of Christmas indoors without dropping needles everywhere), we thought we would try an artificial tree this year.

I know, I know, it’s a far cry from being that lumberjack and chopping down our own. But here me out.  As we are no longer able to have our family tradition, I have bought trees already cut from our local diy store and they haven’t lasted.  Droopy, smelly and needles dropping before the actual day.  Don’t get me started on the price, the average tree in our area is £50+

oh christmas tree with balsam hill

So, this year we have decided to invest in an artificial tree from Balsam Hill.  We chose the European Fur tree as it has the most realistic branches, sturdy with the right shade of green on the upper side and silver frosting on the underside.  I must admit, this tree looks really realistic in comparison to other artificial trees on the market.

Opening up the box, I found the tree in 3 sections, which easily slotted into place.  I also purchased a willow basket stand  for the tree to stand in.  I spent quite a lot of time opening up the branches so they looked natural and splayed perfectly.  I love how they are on wire so that they can be ‘posed’ into any position you wish.

oh christmas tree with balsam hill

Once the tree was up and in position, I added my own lights and then began to decorate.  As I mentioned earlier, I love to decorate with a mainly white theme, and then add in different elements.  I call this years look Scandi woodland.

How to achieve the Scandi woodland look:

  1. Start with larger baubles.  This year I have used the Balsam Hill French country set, a mix of cut glass, crackle glaze and ombre glaze glass baubles in different shapes.  Inspired by antique European baubles. Each piece is handcrafted from thick mercury glass and comes in a variety of finishes that add texture and contrast to your Christmas decorations.
  2. Once the larger pieces are in place, then add smaller decorations to fill in the gaps.  I’ve used smaller white and black baubles
  3. Add a personal touch with some hand made pieces – a few years a go I commissioned an artist to hand scribe the names of the boys in gold.  I love their faces when they see their names there.
  4. Chocolate – all trees need chocolate. This year I’ve places little gold chocolate mice on the branches, ready for a little Christmas Elf to discover.
  5. Don’t forget the base of your tree.  Try placing it into a basket or a bucket, if you don’t like the container why not wrap fabric, fur or paper around it to disguise the vessel.
  6. A sheepskin blanket makes a great place to add your gifts.  This year they are wrapped in Ikea paper.
  7. Around the basket I set a little woodland scene. A couple of wooden stags (made by Dan) and a plywood tree (made by Charlie), along with white painted fir cones add to the woodland theme.
  8. Larger baubles can be displayed in a wire basket to continue the sparkle down onto the floor.
  9. And finally to top the tree off, I have added a large white paper star.

oh christmas tree with balsam hill

oh christmas tree with balsam hill

I have also bought a pine scented candle to burn in the room where the tree is, as I am missing the pine scent of a real tree. But in the run up to Christmas I shall bring in natural greenery, holly, eucalyptus and fir into the house in the form of wreaths and boughs to decorate.  So the smell will be here.

I love our tree! I hope you do too.  Tell me, do you have an artificial tree?  How do you decorate yours?


Collaboration Note:  This post was written in collaboration with Balsam Hill, as part of their blog hop.  The tree, basket and large glass baubles are courtesy of Balsam Hill – who sell luxury artificial Christmas trees, wreaths and and array of sparkling decorations.  All words, styling and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog possible.




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