So, nearly a year in to the blog and my first proper craft post. Mainly because I am to craft what Giant Haystacks was to riding Derby winners. However even I managed this. What is it? Well, first some background.
At Christmas we don’t have a real tree. This is entirely down to laziness but before you judge us too harshly know that my own memories of real trees are not exactly golden. Maybe it was because we got a cheap tree when I was a kid or maybe the non-drop species hadn’t been invented yet (if one can invent a tree) or maybe it was because it was the 1970s and EVERYTHING in the 70s was shit with the exception of punk music. I don’t know. I just know that my dad would come back with a real tree some time in December which we would then decorate. This would cause half the pine needles to fall on the floor. These would then be hoovered up by a parent wielding an upright vacuum cleaner the size and weight of the sort of small car manufactured in cheap South Korean car plants. That would then be followed by whichever parent had done the hoovering having a stiff drink. Then the other half of the pine needles would fall off.
By Christmas Day it would resemble not so much a Christmas Tree as a Christmas Stick. You still had to stare at it till January 5th but at that point the problem of how to get rid of it would arise. I vaguely remember having a very bare Christmas Tree in the front garden till about May.
But I understand that fake plastic trees are a bit environmentally shit and look particularly unappealing. I also understand that part of the magic of Christmas for kids is preparing the tree. What to do? Last year my wife hit on a brilliant solution that has become a family tradition.
We got a 3D cardboard tree (so recyclable) from Red Jelly. It comes with cardboard decorations and a cardboard star. Then you get in to your messy clothes (or supposedly, of which more later) and paint the tree. Here there are no rules. Any colour or style goes. You leave the tree to dry and then you paint the decorations and hang them in the holes, put on your painted star, add some tinsel and bingo.
This year we had some help from Best Friend of All and his 3 boys who had not been briefed and therefore were not in old clothes. We kept ours in their day clothes too and I’m pleased to report the only casualty was Whirlwind’s tights. She did also attempt to paint our fridge blue but thanks to a combination of vigilance and water based paints it still retains it’s original hue.
Tree painting is tremendous fun, environmentally sound and, at the end you have a tree that is completely unique. It’s beginning to look like a day glo, multi-coloured, cardboard Christmas. And I love it!