When should you put your Christmas tree up, and what are this year’s best decoration trends?

, When should you put your Christmas tree up, and what are this year’s best decoration trends?, The Habari News

It’s that time of year when fans of the festive season start to wonder when is acceptable to start decorating for Christmas; and in particular, putting up the tree. Although traditionally, the tree would go up much closer to the big day – some say 22nd December, some say Christmas Eve – in recent years it has become the norm to see trees going up at the beginning of December, and even late November.

This year, given the non-event that was Christmas 2020, the festive season holds even more anticipation than usual, and there has been a frisson of Christmas decorating activity in the air even since the beginning of November. Some retailers reported that customers started shopping for decorations as far back as August.

“Although many of us will be hoping for a Christmas quite different from last year, we’ve noticed that some activities we embraced then are here to stay,” says Lisa Cherry, a Christmas buyer at John Lewis & Partners. “Our customers are looking to kick off the season a little earlier again, as searches for Christmas have been nearly double in comparison to this time last year.”

So when is the right time to put up your tree, and what are this year’s key decorating trends?

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White and silver is a key tree trend for Christmas 2021


Credit: John Lewis & Partners

When should I put my Christmas tree up?

According to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (BCTGA), a cut tree put up on 1st December should last until Christmas Day as long as you take care of it – cut a slice off the bottom of the trunk if you can so that it can absorb more water (as you would with the stems of cut flowers), and water it daily to keep it looking fresh as long as possible (if you have underfloor heating, you might want to leave it another week or two).

An artificial tree can, of course, be put up whenever you like – although, for those mindful of their carbon footprint, be aware that you’d need to use an artificial tree for at least 10 Christmases to keep its environmental impact lower than that of a real tree, according to the Carbon Trust.

A more eco, longer-lasting alternative, and a growing trend in recent years thanks to its sustainability credentials, is the pot-grown tree, which can also be set up whenever you like and planted or potted on after Christmas to be brought inside again next year.

Christmas tree trends and decorations to try in 2021

When it comes to size, both extra-tall and diminutive trees have been growing in popularity. Sales of John Lewis’s 7-foot artificial Brunswick tree are double that of this time last year, while a mini tree that can be placed on a table or window sill is great for adding an extra festive touch around the home (try Patch Plants, or Bloom & Wild, which sends out real flat-packed trees that come through your letterbox complete with tiny lights and decorations).

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Habitat’s ‘parasol’ tree, £50


Credit: habitat.co.uk

The ‘half tree’, which is flat on one side, is a good choice for rooms where space is tight, as is the skinny tree, which gives height without encroaching too much on the rest of the room. For those with small children or pets, Habitat has launched a 6ft ‘parasol’ tree this year, with faux branches just at the top half, out of reach of small hands or paws.

, When should you put your Christmas tree up, and what are this year’s best decoration trends?, The Habari News

For minimalist decorators, there are plenty of options for alternative trees that bring a subtle touch of festive sparkle – Cox & Cox sells several metal silhouette trees that can take a handful of baubles, as well as light-up blossom trees and a hanging branch tree that can be hung on a wall. Alternatively, try making your own wall tree arrangement using Christmas cards or postcards, similar to the one pictured below.

, When should you put your Christmas tree up, and what are this year’s best decoration trends?, The Habari News


Left: Black metal silhouette tree, £75, Cox & Cox; an alternative paper tree, with a prelit star from Lights4fun


Credit: coxandcox.co.uk; lights4fun.co.uk

In terms of this year’s colours, “I think the snowy trees that look like an Alpine day on Christmas morning will be the key look this year,” says Marks & Spencer’s home director, Heidi Woodhouse (who always puts her tree up on 1st December). “I have actually changed my tree this year. Usually it’s very classic red and gold, but this year I’ve bought a snowy tree and I’m going for a mixture of glamour and a rustic cosy look, with lots of silver, white and neutral tones.”

For those who like a little more colour, the rainbow motif is likely to be a best-seller again this year; John Lewis has released a rainbow heart bauble, with 25% of sales going to NHS charities, and its disco-themed tree, with neon lights and colour-pop decorations, hits the maximalism spot.

For more decorating ideas and inspiration, head to Instagram and check the feeds of stylists such as Nicki Bamford-Bowes and Melanie Lissack as the season progresses.

When do you typically put your Christmas tree up? What are your decorating tips? Tell us in the comments below