Every year, with the best intentions, we trek out to a nursery to buy ourselves a small Christmas tree in a pot which will, we plan, serve us for several years.
We water it, care for it, place it in a shady spot in the garden after Christmas, then go away for summer holidays, but find on our return that the heat-affected tree is never quite the same.
The nurseries have done very well out of us over the years.
In 2016, we’ve decided to opt for a tree that is real but no longer growing. I can see how much easier it would be to buy a human-made tree of some description, but I like to smell pine needles when hanging my decorations.
I’m hoping some of you can recommend a supplier of cut trees that operates sustainably in the region, provide some advice about how to set the tree up once we get it home, as well as giving us tips on what to do with it after Christmas.
Is it better to use a service that delivers, or to collect the tree yourself? What’s the difference in cost?
If you have a recommendation for an alternative to a potted or cut tree that our readers should know about, please let us know about that as well.
Next week, we’ll publish our Best of Canberra recommendations for Christmas tree suppliers and start a gallery of photographs of readers’ Christmas trees. Once your decorations are up, please send us a snap of your tree to inspire the rest of us. You can send photos to us by email to email@example.com or via our Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter.
Is there a hashtag for Christmas in the capital? How about #CBRChristmas?