This year’s Christmas tree is my favourite one yet.
Last year, our tree came from IKEA and the procuring of same was not a jolly, festive experience. This won’t surprise you if you have ever been to IKEA yourself.
This year, we made a day of it with a trip to the Wicklow Way Christmas Tree Farm in the Wicklow mountains, which is about an hour’s drive from Dublin. You'll find directions on their site.
This is the first year you can mosey along to pick a tree fresh from the farm. It’s a lovely activity to involve the whole family in (we took Missy along, and went with our pals Rosemary and Stephen), and it really gives you those festive feels, wandering about in the crisp, pine-scented air, sipping complimentary hot chocolate (with marshmallows).
There are literally thousands of trees as far as the eye can see, of all shapes and sizes. Once you’ve found yours, you peg it with the tag you’re given on arrival, and it’s chopped and netted up to load into your car. The one we chose is eleven years old and a beauty: it’s tall, but not too wide, and fits perfectly in our little living room (even if it was slightly too large for our car; we drove home with the top down, much to Rosemary’s amusement).
After some mulled wine, Christmas carols and a couple of hours of unwinding the lights, the tree is now twinkling away in the corner – and we have a new annual Christmas tradition at Fluff and Fripperies HQ.
Trees are charged by their height at €8 per foot or €4 per half foot; we were gifted a tree by the farmers but will be back to buy our own next year! Wicklow Way Christmas Tree Farm is open from 10am to 4pm every weekend in December.