A DIY Christmas Tree

They say it’s an ill wind that blows no good and while Hurricane Ba’bag wreaked havoc with travel plans and caused massive amounts of damage to property, those trees that came down don’t have to be all bad news. Here’s one that became a Christmas tree.

Trees that lose their leaves in winter offer least resistance to high winds so it’s evergreens and conifers that are most likely to be blown down in the gales. This was a cedar tree, a large branch of which provided us with a real Christmas tree. The branch on its own wasn’t an ideal shape so a few more branches had to be stuck into the sand base and woven into place to give it enough substance for decorating.

An alternative, if you don’t have a lot of space, would be to forget the idea of a tree altogether and to simply create a massive flower arrangement from the smaller branches. There are plenty lying around just now but if you don’t find enough and you do have access to hollies and conifers of various kinds, think of it as pruning and be careful to leave a nicely shaped tree for the rest of the year.

Another option if you are short of space, is to consider an upside down tree. Perhaps not for the traditionalist, but love it, or hate it, the upside down tree saves space, has more room for placing presents at the base, allows decorations to hang freely, keeps delicate baubles out of reach of small children and pets – and what a conversation piece!

The upside down Christmas tree became popular amongst New York apartment dwellers because it frees up floor space with a smaller ‘footprint’. The ‘upside down tree’ actually has its roots (pardon the pun) in the Middle Ages, coming from the pagan tradition of spreading evergreen boughs across the floors, windows and hearth in order to keep evil spirits from invading the home. Again, this can be accomplished with ‘bunches’ of storm-broken branches.

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Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

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