As much as I love a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, I don't think I've ever been the owner of one. While I obsess over what we display on our shelves and sourcing the perfect postcards to go on our walls, I find putting baubles on a tree mindblowingly boring. I want to enjoy it (I like the buying of sparkly, mis-matched decorations part of it) but as soon as that first ornament is placed upon a hanging branch, I've had enough. While some pernickety parents choose to decorate their trees at night once the kids have gone to bed, I can't wait for mine to be tall enough to do it all themselves. I'm more than happy to sit back with a cold glass of Coole Swan and make admiring noises every minute or so. More tinsel, mama? Oh yes, why ever not?!
Bad mother alert but we didn't actually put the tree up at all last year. I kind of used the excuse that we'd recently moved house and were surrounded by enough chaos never mind adding a tree and decorations in to the mix. Truth be told, I wasn't all that bothered and the boys were either too young or too busy marvelling over their new bedrooms to be concerned.
This year, however, it's going to be very, very different. I've no excuses to fall back on so we're going to have three trees. Yes, you read that correctly. Three. Whole. Trees. Madness, right? There'll be a reasonably traditional one in the living room (fake ... I've not gone completely crazy), a rather modern-looking white tree chosen by my eldest little dude for his bedroom (he's going to decorate it all by himself), and my most favourite one of all ... a colour-in one for the kitchen/sitting room.
I originally bought it for my two to colour in each day while I prepare dinner but I'm seriously tempted to keep it for myself. I'm not sure that I'm mentally prepared for the disappointment I'll be filled with if they go over the lines. Maybe I need a second one to go on the other side of the television. Don't all interior designers say that the secret to a good room is symmetry? Sounds plausible, right?
Anyway, what I wanted to say was that if you're moving house this Christmas, are incredibly busy or are just limited in space and time, this colour-in Christmas tree from Claire Close is a really fun alternative to a real Christmas (minus twinkly lights and tinsel, of course). It's sold exclusively on Not On The High Street over the festive period, priced at £10 - it can be personalised too.
Now where's my pencil case?!