We’ve broken all of our usual rules about the arrival of the Christmas tree in the house, but with a little lady now centrally posited in our life, we couldn’t resist the urge to get our fir any longer. So, after a heavy frost last night and a 30 minute defrost of the cars, the switch round of the car seat and emptying the boot of the accoutrement associated with a 19 month old, we set off to Birches Valley, Cannock Chase, our favourite spot for Christmas tree purchases.
The outfit is well set up with good sign posted parking and effective management of the spaces. We easily located a spot but we did arrive early.
We decided to check out what was on offer before making any quick decisions so we moseyed up the track and had an explore. As you can see, the little lady was intrigued by the miniature trees on offer as well as the beauty that we bought home with us.
There are fir, pine and spruces available in a range of sizes as well as potted trees starting from £30.
We decided quite quickly which one was ours and after the obligatory picture with it, we set back to the tent to have it netted ready to transport it home. The sales tent holds huts where you can pick some treats for the tree as well as tree stands and fresh wreaths. This year Cakey Bits is there selling hand made Christmas ornaments and decorations. You can even turn your hand to making your own fairy decorations on the locally based store. As it’s Small Business Saturday, we were more than happy to purchase some of the beautiful decorations on offer.
It’s tradition for us to have a taste of the foods on offer too so after we’d packed our fir into the car safely, we tucked into some refreshments.
Santa is also there for a visit in his wonderfully decorated grotto. There’s even talk of his reindeer waiting in his back garden. It wasn’t too busy at all while we there but maybe that’s because it was early.
This year the venue is supporting the Air Ambulance so once you’ve located and purchased your tree, tucked into some Christmas tucker, chosen your delicately crafted decorations and savoured the atmosphere, you can then have a sit in the helicopter and show your support with a donation.
All in all a lovely morning. And despite being a week earlier than normal for us, we’re now desperate to get the tree positioned and up! The little lady on the other hand is puzzled about the fact that there is a tree in the living room?!