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Keeping Your Christmas Wreaths Bright And Fresh after your Christmas wreath is no different to looking after your Christmas tree with one exception – your wreath is outside and subject to the elements. For this reason, keeping it as cool as possible is not always possible, particularly if the door its mounted on gets the full sun.

The full sun may not have a lot of strength in it at this time of year but that doesn’t mean it won’t affect your Christmas wreath. Wind is also another factor that needs to be taken into account. The wind may be cold but it can still suck what moisture is left out of your wreath.

It can be quite tricky keeping your wreath hydrated. If you add water to the front of the wreath the moisture may effect some of your decorations, particularly if you have decorations that have been handpainted by children. The easiest way to keep your wreath hydrated is by spraying a light mist of water each day on the back of the wreath. Don’t use too much water, just a light spray will do the trick.

Where sun is a problem on your door, check to see how much sun your wreath does get. You will often find that the lower part of the door gets more sun than the upper. If that is the case, place your wreath as high up as possible – not too high, of course; people still want to see it. Use a damp cloth to brush away any excess water and the wreath is ready to remount on your door. Look after your wreath and it will still look great on Christmas Day.

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Have You Taken A Christmas Lights Tour Yet?

One of the joys of Christmas is to take the family, especially the younger children, and to take a tour of the Christmas lights in your area. You can just visit the Christmas lights in the main street, or you can drive around your own area – either way, I am sure the children will be fascinated.

Some towns and cities publish official ‘Christmas lights tour guides” highlighting the very best decorated homes and buildings. Some areas even conduct competitions for the best decorated house. Some of these homes use thousands of lights to create quite intricate Christmas designs.

One of the major events at this time of the year is the official lighting of the town’s Christmas tree. The Red Hot Chilly Pipers helped Dumfries switch on their Christmas lights last weekend  – the culmination of a weekend of activities and entertainment.

Christmas really is a time for sharing and for some people their method of sharing is to spread joy using Christmas lights. It works too. Christmas lights can bring smiles to even the saddest little face with the wonders of those lights erasing all.

Whether you are trying to create a lighting spectacular, or simply lighting your Christmas tree, we have a wonderful array of Christmas lights that are sure to complete the task. It’s almost Christmas again – have you taken the Christmas lights tour – better yet, have you put up your Christmas lights yet?

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Getting The Best Out Of Your Christmas Tree

Cut Christmas trees are fairly hardy and will withstand a lot before finally failing,  turning yellow and dropping needles everywhere.  There is a lot you can do, or not do, that will make them last throughout Christmas.  Looking after the well-being of your tree is only one part of getting the best out of it.

Looking after your tree is important, but that is the easy part. Make sure it has plenty of water, keep it out of strong drafts and keep it away from heat sources. That’s pretty much it. Hydration is the key to keeping your tree fresh all Christmas long.

To get the best out of your tree, you need to look at what you do with it. After placing it into a Christmas tree stand, place it in the middle of the room and walk around it. Christmas trees are fairly symmetrical, but often you will find one particular face has that perfect arrangement of branches. Place your tree so that this face is on show.

Decorating. The biggest mistake we make is to over-decorate our trees. This places a lot of strain on the branches causing them to bend too far. Try to decorate your tree in a balanced way with the heavier decorations lower down and closer to the trunk. This adds to the symmetry of tree.

Another area that people err in is by placing too many lights on the tree. Christmas lights look great but too many can be overkill and spoil the overall effect. Again, look for a balanced finish.  You should be able to stand back and see both the tree and the decorations. After all, you are decorating a Christmas tree, not trying to hide it.

Place you Christmas tree in the right spot, keep it well watered, have it showing its best face, and decorate it with thought and care and you will get the very best out of your Christmas tree.

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How To Dispose Of Your Christmas Tree

Once Christmas passes us by and we recover from all the festivities, someone has the job of cleaning up. It’s hard enough cleaning up all the left over food and the Christmas wrapping paper, but what about that tree? The glamour has gone now; it just looks like hard work. It doesn’t have to be.

First, you need to de-decorate the tree. If you don’t have the original packaging then you are going to need somewhere to store it all. Here is one suggestion that is environmentally friendly – at least until next Christmas. Use all the Christmas wrapping paper to wrap your ornaments. Wrap them and store them carefully in a box.

With the Christmas lights, make sure they are cool before preparing them for storage. Unplug the lights then lay them out to their full length. Carefully roll into a loose loop and they are ready for storage. Now for the Christmas tree itself.

You have a number of options with your spent Christmas tree. You can chip it and use it as a mulch or place into a compost pile – some local councils provide this service, or you can hire a shipper from a local tool hire business. You can cut it into manageable pieces and take it to the council dump (check to see their regulations first); or you can set it aside to dry and perhaps find an alternative use for it.

One of the benefits of using a cut Christmas tree is that it is totally recyclable – what grows from the ground can be returned to the ground – your Christmas tree included.

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See A Christmas Tree Farm In Action

Christmas Tree farm mapHave you ever wanted to see a Christmas tree farm up close and perhaps pick your own tree from the stock available? This weekend (December 5th and 6th) you can visit a Christmas tree farm as Scottish Christmas Trees opens its doors to the general public. It’s for one weekend only so take your family for a drive and select a Christmas tree that’s just right for you.

We will also have a wide range of Christmas decorations and lights available for you to select from along with friendly advice on how to decorate your tree. We can also offer some sound advice on how to achieve the best look with your Christmas tree so it lasts throughout the Christmas period.

We have three different types of Christmas tree available so you can see and smell each type before making your final selection. Smell? Oh yes, as each tree has it’s own distinct Christmas fragrance. Selecting your own Christmas tree can be a special time for the family and with Scottish Christmas Trees you don’t have to worry about having the space in your car to get your tree home; we can arrange to have it delivered for you.

Where are we?

Take the A711 to Caulkerbush and look out for the sign posts and the giant 20ft Nordman Fir Christmas tree near Kirkgunzeon Dumfries and Galloway (DG2 8JT). We look forward to seeing you this weekend.