A new Christmas tree has been on my wish list for a long time now. Preferably a white Christmas tree.
I always think the scale of a tree is so important if you want to make an impact. My motto is “go big or go home.” But while our last tree nailed the grand scale I wanted, it just didn’t look… real.
The more I had to photograph the tree for my blog, the less I liked it. From a distance with my eyes squinted it looked great! But a close-up photograph does not lie. The tips looked fake, and I couldn’t get the fullness and fluffiness I wanted from the branches, either – it looked kind of sparse, no matter how I dressed it.
These are definitely first world problems. Which is why I put up with my old tree for many, many years. It was purchased in a post-Christmas sale for a pittance, and it served us nicely for well over a decade.
But as a die-hard Christmas loving gal, my secret dream of a full, fluffy, realistic-looking, dreamy white Christmas tree would not die.
Which is why when I came across the company Balsam Hill, I felt a little spark and an undeniable flutter.
Is it too weird to use romantic analogies for an artificial tree? Because if there was a Tinder for Christmas trees, I would’ve swiped right for these ones.
The photos I kept seeing all looked amazing. They were so full! They were so fluffy! They had so many tips and the tips looked so…. so real! What was this magic and how did they do it?
I didn’t know, but I wanted one.
And now that it’s here, I’ve fallen hard.
My new white Christmas tree from Balsam Hill is everything I ever dreamed of. We’ve moved past the Tinder stage and now we’re in a committed long-term relationship and very happy together. And I’m in the nauseating honeymoon stage of telling everyone exactly how in love I am.
Lucky you, you get to listen! I mean, just take a look at this beauty…
I know you must have all the details, so here they are!
I chose the Mount Washington White Christmas tree. It’s 210cm tall and pre-lit with clear LED lights. The fairy lights are quite magical – they are scattered perfectly throughout the tree, all the way through the fullness of the branches and not just on the outside.
I feel like my life has changed significantly for the better now that I no longer have to begin the month of December by untangling a rat’s nest of fairy lights from the garage and trying to wrangle them around the tree.
I was never very good at this part. In fact, some years our tree remained unlit altogether because it all seemed like too much effort.
These built-in lights give the tree a beautiful luminescent glow. The tree came in three sections, and it has an “Easy Plug” system so that as you slide the poles into place, the lights in the next section click on automatically.
I did not know this would happen and it was a nice surprise that made me very happy. Obviously invented by magical elves.
The tree looks even better and more realistic than the photos gave credit for.
Look at the fine detailing on these tips. There are actually three different types of tips on the Mount Washington tree, and together they create the perfect combination of full + fluffy + realistic.
It is so full that you wouldn’t even need to decorate it, really. It would actually look beautiful naked, with just those twinkling lights.
Sorry, sorry, TMI, I shouldn’t have said it would look good naked. I told you we’re still in the honeymoon phase. I’ll try to be more discreet.
As I mentioned, I’ve loved white Christmas trees for a very long time. There is just something so pure and fresh and magical about them.
And from a decorating point of view, they are a dream! – the clean high contrast of white means it’s so easy to make a statement with any colour scheme you choose.
Balsam Hill supplied me with the most beautiful ornaments to decorate this tree with. I fell in love with the Georgetown ornament set. They are hand-painted glass ornaments and they are simply exquisite.
The shades of indigo, copper and turquoise look absolutely stunning against my white Christmas tree. Each piece is unique and there is such a variety – from gem-encrusted baubles to jewel-like prisms and elegant finials. I used two sets of ornaments to cover the tree.
I also selected these stunning indigo magnolia picks, which came in a set of 12. The petals are lush and velvety with gilded edges, and they come in a loose bud that you unfurl and shape. I just love them!
The gold berries are another set of picks which you can find here. I love the texture and movement they add to my white Christmas tree.
Balsam Hill also supplied this luxurious faux fur tree skirt.
I feel like a real adult now that my tree has a skirt.
No more sitting on the floor for my gifts, no way. We are fancy around here. Our gifts sit upon the softest fur.
They may be poked and prodded by the grimy fingers of multiple curious children, but they shall not touch the ground, no sirree.
Speaking of curious children with grimy fingers…
I had a “helper”.
Oh, he was EXTREMELY helpful.
In case you’re wondering, yes, two years old is a FABULOUS age for “helping” Mummy decorate a tree with very expensive glass ornaments. I highly recommend it. It is not stressful AT ALL.
Please note the red bucket full of balls in the next photo, which Charlie was flinging randomly around the room at this point while I desperately tried to intercept any missiles heading in the direction of My Precious One And Only.
(I’m talking about the tree here, not the child.)
Okay, he’s precious too. Although my appreciation for his preciousness was somewhat lacking at this point, at least until I bribed him with a movie and a bowl of snacks to STAY AWAY FROM THE TREE.
There is a reason that I set this tree up at my parent’s place and not my own.
They only live 5 minutes down the road, and My Precious white Christmas tree has more chance of surviving intact until Christmas Day without the daily presence of a toddler bent on mayhem and destruction.
As a bonus, this means we will set up our old tree at our house this year, and the kids will have free agency to decorate it however they please with every last ornament they’ve ever constructed from paddle pop sticks, toilet rolls and pom poms. I won’t even go around behind them rearranging their ornaments, and that is legitimately a first. Win/win.
Let’s take a look at the other side of the room. Balsam Hill also provided me with this very pretty LED birch tree. This is the 120cm size, which is a nice height for a console. You can also use these outdoors! They come in sizes up to 180cm.
Have I shown you enough pictures yet? It really is like a honeymoon album. Can’t. Stop. Taking. Photos.
On a deeper note, I was thinking today about the sweet, almost old-fashioned notion of Christmas spirit.
As the shopping centres get more crowded, parking spaces vanish, and the rush and overwhelm sets in, it’s easy to become tense and impatient with strangers.
Today, in a very busy car-parking situation, a stranger held back and waved me in front of him. I remember thinking how such a simple act felt like such a welcome kindness. And how that really sums up the Christmas spirit. It’s a happy time of year and we have so much to celebrate in the birth of our Saviour. He is our Joy come down to earth.
Let’s gift small acts of kindness to each other this season. A cheerful smile to a harried stranger in the shops. Holding back instead of pushing and jockeying for our position. Small acts that shine our light and spread joy.
I hope this tour felt as magical for you as it has been for me to put it together! Many thanks again to Balsam Hill for supplying our gorgeous white Christmas tree and the other beautiful products for this post.
Let me know in the comments, do you prefer a white or green tree? Do you have a favourite product from this tour?
And how do you plan to spread some Christmas spirit to those around you this season?
Wishing you a house full of sunshine, friends!