This being the first weekend after the 6th December it falls to me to dispose of our Christmas tree.
Fir trees are more popular than spruce as Christmas trees because Fir do not gradually lose all their needles as they dry out. Instead the Fir tree waits until the day you try to dispose of it and then it dumps all of its needles onto your carpet, onto your person and into your car in one almighty storm of foliage.
Ah well, such is the price that must be paid for getting a real tree. It has become something a a tradition in our family to choose a still living tree from a local Christmas tree farm. It is always freezing but the magic of choosing just the right tree is special.
Farewell Christmas tree.