• Artificial vs Real Christmas Trees: Which will save you the most money?

    Sep 9, 2018

    There is no more appropriate time to watch the pennies than during the festive season. What with presents for the kids and relatives, as well as the hefty sums spent on the Christmas dinner (last year some “last-minute” supermarket turkeys were sold at a mind-boggling £40.00!), checking that you’re getting the most for your money when you buy your Christmas tree is imperative.

    So which type of tree will save you the most cash – a real or an artificial Christmas tree?

    Longevity

    Whilst real Christmas trees look mind-blowing when they’re first assembled, they’re unlikely to stay looking so pristine for the entirety of the Christmas period. They’re likely to lose their lustre fairly quickly, and are highly likely to discard their needles upon first assembly – this can make a fantastic Christmas tree look incredibly sparse and sad.

    Artificial Christmas trees don’t have to deal with the problem of needles shedding or colour weakening as they are designed with the recipient in mind - Christmas Tree World only use the best manufacturers with quality materials for top quality, long-lasting trees.

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    Most artificial trees will also last for as long as 10 years or more – all you need to do is take it out of the loft every year! A real tree, on the other hand, you’re lucky to get at least one year out of it.

    Upkeep & Maintenance

    If you’re looking for a hassle-free Christmas with no additional money spent on your Christmas tree’s upkeep, an artificial tree is probably your safest bet. You’ll also be able to decorate your tree however you like, without the worry of needles falling away from heavy baubles, or tinsel catching the delicate branches.

    Artificial trees are also so much easier to store away and re-use, keeping it all intact for the next year. Christmas Tree storage bags ensure your tree is properly stored away and won’t gather those pesky cobwebs!

    Multiple Trees

    A family home always looks magical at Christmas time when it’s filled with Christmas decorations. Whether this be icicle lights hanging from the roof, or a beautiful Christmas tree complementing each major room. For most, a single tree in the living room isn’t enough, and more and more people are seeking smaller, more elegant trees for window-sills, on their front porch, or even twinkling in their kitchen.

    For choice and personalisation, artificial Christmas trees will tick all the boxes a real Christmas tree couldn’t. Our artificial trees on the come in a range of sizes (from 3ft up to 20ft) in a variety of colours (pink, black, white, traditional) with different characteristics to make your Christmas home even more whimsical.

    We have Christmas trees specifically for the outdoors, slim-line for tighter spaces, or with different modern designs such as blossom trees and fibre optic Christmas trees. The possibilities are quite simply endless.

    Real vs Artificial Christmas Trees - Our Verdict

    Artificial Christmas trees, on the whole, will save you more money than a real tree, but will still give you the realistic look you desire. That’s why it’s important to select your artificial tree from a respected retailer who only deal with quality trees using the finest material.

    See our full range of artificial Christmas trees today!

  • The Best Office Christmas Trees For 2018

    Sep 9, 2018

    There’s something no workplace can do without at Christmas... no, not a full drinks cabinet, but a great inviting artificial office Christmas tree. The ultimate symbol that December is finally upon us, it’s the key piece in the festive puzzle.

    And there’s plenty of decorative artificial Christmas tree options right here at Christmas Tree World to keep the office planning committee busy!

    When it comes to your office Christmas tree, we're proud to cater to all tastes. We understand you may want to cling to time-honoured tradition, with some glorious bushy green artificial trees, or head in the other direction with something like a streamlined white or sparkling blossom tree. With such a vast array of choices on offer, we’ve decided to narrow down our collection to some office Xmas tree essentials. Read on for our seasonal tips...

    Tall Office Xmas Trees

    With images of towering trees in city centres floating around in our minds, it’s easy to see why tall trees are a popular option. Their vast scale combined with a shower of decorations, give off an amazing Christmassy vibe. And there’s nothing to stop your lobby or office entrance being bolstered by a lovely tall tree right here:

    Giant Commercial Trees:

    If you’re lucky enough to have a grand lobby or sizeable reception area, then one of our giant commercial trees extending up to 40ft can be ordered online with no fuss. Uniform in shape, with a consistent all-over crop of bushy branches, these are ideal for creating a welcoming space for workers and clients alike.

    We even have Christmas baubles that range from 6cm to 30cm, so you can easily bulk out your tree with glittering decorations in the process!

    Commercial Christmas Trees:

    Similar to their larger counterparts, but on a slightly smaller scale, a commercial Christmas tree is ideal for nestling away in a corner of the office or as something to present proudly in a lounge or meeting area.

    The 9ft Mountain Pine

    One of our most unique trees, the 9ft Mountain Pine Tree is bright, bushy and ideal for large rooms - perhaps something to impress clients over the seasonal period? This particular artificial tree comes with luscious PVC tips that mimic real-life pine needles, and immediately create the feeling of a genuine tree.

    Featuring a vivid green colour, and able to accommodate a range of decorations and trinkets, you’ll honestly struggle to find a better place for heaping all those secret Santas in the office!

    The 7ft Snow White Fir

    Flocking - if you’re a little unsure of the term - is the process whereby artificial tree branches are carefully frosted to make it look like they’re coated in snow. And they don’t come much more flocked that our 7ft Snow White Fir, with flowing branches that look like they’re being weighed down by real snowfall.

    A brilliant feature by the water cooler, or something to cast a glow over a desk bank, this is a great reminder of what we regularly miss out on at Christmases - snow, snow, snow!

    Other Office Xmas Tree Favourites:

    The 6ft White Blue Ripple Effect Fibre Optic Tree

    A superb innovation, the branches of this 6ft White Blue Ripple Effect Fibre Optic Tree use next gen technology to create a waving or rippling effect across the branches. There’s a real risk of mesmerising colleagues with this stunning creation lying around the office; and the durable LEDs and super lit fibres offer one of the liveliest trees on the market too!

    The 6ft Pre-Lit Slim Woodland Pine Tree

    There’s a chance you might be strapped for office floor space this year: between the photocopiers, triple screen desks and other office paraphernalia, a grander giant tree won’t always be the right fit. This is where our 6ft Pre-Lit Slim Woodland Pine Tree is the best choice: with its sleek profile, two-tone green colours and handsome size, make the Slim Pine your office floor filler this year!

    Office Desktop Trees:

    It’s all too easy forget that there’s plenty you can do to spruce up your individual office desk at Christmas. Throughout the year, it may be a space full of useless post-it notes, well-used notebooks and neglected mugs of tea - but during the festive season, try transforming it into a mini wonderland with the following mini-sized suggestions:

    The 45cm Frosted White Flower LED Blossom Tree

    A huge trend in recent years, the Far East-inspired 45cm Frosted White Flower LED Blossom Tree will make a truly elegant touch to your workspace. They’re dainty in size, easy to assemble, energy-efficient and, best of all, the white plastic flowers will ensure you’re wrapped in a heartwarming glow all throughout December.

    The 60cm Red & Blue Colour Burst Fibre Optic Tree

    Sparkle and Christmas go hand in hand, which is exactly why this 60cm Red & Blue Colour Burst Fibre Optic Tree should edge it’s way to the top of the office wish list. With long-lasting LEDs constantly giving off beautiful red and blue sparkles, and a slim profile too (it’s 45cm diameter won’t be getting in the way of your pen pots!) these trees perch perfectly on your desk.

     

    We hope these ideas help spark some creative ideas for every Christmas planning committee out there - are you starting to scope out your office decorations this year?

    Let us know about your ideas and share your brilliant decorative plans for 2018 below! Alternatively, any questions about the trees themselves don’t hesitate to contact our expert team!

  • The Evolution of Christmas Songs

    Dec 12, 2017

    There are lots of components that go into making Christmas what it is. Tons of food, cheesy films, awkward office parties, increasingly elaborate TV adverts, redecorating the Christmas tree when the kids have gone to bed - and, of course, Christmas songs.

    Christmas just isn't the same without the radio, offices, shops and restaurants pumping out all your favourite festive hits, but just how have these songs changed over the years?

    We've dug into the yuletide archives (looked on the internet) and researched how Christmas number ones have changed over the years, starting in 1970 and going right up to the present day. The following infographic looks at various aspects of the Christmas songs that have topped the charts, including common themes, the key it's written in, length, and more...

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    The Evolution of Christmas Songs

    Ever wondered how Christmas songs have evolved over the last 47 years? How has the lyrical content evolved? Have the songs got quicker or slower? Have the songs got longer or shorter? Do the songs actually reflect changes in society? Christmas Tree World take a look at all this and more...

    Word frequency

    1970-1989

    • Christmas - 79
    • Time - 57
    • Love - 47
    • Know - 34
    • World - 30
    • Just - 26
    • Day - 23
    • Lord - 22
    • Want - 22
    • Ernie - 21

    Other frequent words: Merry (14), Born (14), Sing (11)

    1990-2016

    • Love - 67
    • Know - 59
    • Baby - 33
    • Day - 32
    • World - 30
    • Hallelujah - 29
    • Never - 27
    • Time - 27
    • Told - 26
    • Gonna - 26

    Other frequent words: F*ck (16 - thanks Rage Against The Machine), Born (15), Sing (14)

    35% of Christmas number 1s between 1970-1989 were 'Christmas songs'.

    7% of Christmas number 1s between 1990-2016 were 'Christmas songs' - including another version of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'.

    Song Keys

    Number of Christmas songs per song key

    1970-1989

    • A - 2
    • B - 0
    • C - 7
    • D - 1
    • E - 3
    • F - 1
    • G - 2

    1990-2016

    • A - 2
    • B - 0
    • C - 3
    • D - 7
    • E - 7
    • F - 1
    • G - 7

    No Christmas Number 1 in the last 47 years on the key of B.

    C Major was the most popular key from 1970-1989 - Schubert described the characteristics of that key as ‘innocence, simplicity, naïvety, children's talk’.

    G Major was the most popular key from 1990-2016 - Schubert described the characteristics of that key as ‘rustic, idyllic and lyrical’.

    Average song speed/length

    1970-1989

    Average song speed - 96bpm

    Average song length - 03:45

    1990-2016

    Average song speed - 85bpm

    Average song length - 04:08

    Facts

    Paul Joyce, who wrote ‘Can We Fix it’, won an Ivor Novello award for the song in 2001

    Christmas Number 1s from 1970 - 1989 were shorter, quicker and lighter in lyrical content

    Christmas Number 1s from 1990 - 2016 are longer, slower and more frequently written in a minor key

    48% of Christmas Number 1s in the last 26 years have been covers

    What's your favourite Christmas song?

  • This Is How Much Santa Eats On Xmas Eve [Infographic]

    Nov 11, 2017

    Santa Claus has a pretty busy time ahead. Delivering presents to millions and millions of children around the world (well, those on the 'nice' list anyway) is no easy feat, so it's important he's well fed and keeps hydrated.

    So it's a good job many of us like to leave out a little something for St Nick to keep him fuelled on his journey. Christmas Tree World conducted some research on how much we leave out for Santa in different parts of the UK, and the results are very interesting indeed!

    While Santa is popping some presents under our Christmas trees, he munches his way through an incredible amount of mince pies, cookies and chocolates, and glugs plenty of milk, sherry and whiskey. Have a look at the infographic below and see the stomach-popping amount that Santa scoffs on Christmas Eve, as well as some fascinating info about what gets left out in other countries around the world, too.

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    Santa's Xmas Eve Supper

    To help fuel Santa on his whirlwind trip around the globe on Christmas Eve delivery presents, it's customary to leave out a bite to eat and something to wet his whistle. But just how much does St Nick consume on his yuletide travels here in the UK?

    • 1.5m glasses of sherry
    • 1.4m glasses of whiskey
    • 884K glasses of mulled wine
    • 1.3m cans of beer
    • 2.6m cookies
    • 3.5m glasses of milk
    • 4.7m mince pies
    • 1.1m chocolates
    • 4.1m carrots for the reindeer

    Other things people leave out include, sandwiches, Coca-Cola, vodka, port, Baileys, rum, and fruit juice.

    In total, Santa would consume a stomach-popping 2 billion calories.

    He would need to burn 5 million calories a day to drop that weight for next Christmas. That's the equivalent of running 17,789,395 miles or 555,918 deadlifts.

    Santa will also consume 6 million units of alcohol. The alcohol wouldn't leave his system for about 685 years, but as he tops it up every year, he's probably permanently drunk!

    Santa's trip around the UK

    • Wales are the stingiest - 62% leave nothing for Santa.
    • Northern Ireland are the most generous - 68% leave something out.
    • London least likely to leave out carrots for the reindeer (12%), but leave out the largest selection of treats for Santa.
    • Santa must love the North East - 47% leave out an alcoholic beverage.

    Santa's Trip Around The World

    So now we know what gets left out for Santa here in the UK, but what happens in the rest of the world?

    • France - Biscuits are left out for Pere Noel
    • Italy - Le Befana, a friendly witch, is gifted a glass of wine and sometimes sausage and broccoli
    • Sweden - A bowl of porridge is left for Jultomten
    • Australia - Santa gets left a nice cold beer
    • Ireland - Santa must love going to Ireland where many leave him a pint of Guinness
    • Germany - Children must earn their presents from Weihnachtsmann by performing a song or poem.
    • Chile - Viejo Pascuero is given a pan de pascua, a spongy cake flavoured with rum and filled with dried fruit and nuts.

    What will you be leaving out for Santa this year?

  • Best Fibre Optic Trees for Bay Windows

    Oct 10, 2017

    At Christmas Tree World, we have grand trees, tiny trees and everything in-between. For those who like to draw attention to their stunning Christmas decorations without seeming "too much",  a fibre optic tree is ideal.

    Beautiful, ambient and eye-catching, fibre optics looks fantastic when positioned front and centre, and nothing greets visitors better than a Christmas tree gleaming coquettishly from a window.

    If you haven't yet decided where to place your first tree, we have the answers. Take a look below at our favourite fibre optic Christmas trees for bay windows.

    The Gold Flower Fibre Optic Tree

    Like a tiny ray of dewy sunshine peeking through the darkness, our Gold Flower Fibre Optic Xmas Tree casts a gorgeous glow through bay windows.

    Inviting and simple in design, the Gold Flower tree comes with 80 golden tinsel tips, emitting a warm white ember-esque radiance which lovingly welcomes in guests. Long-lasting LEDs come ready-fitted to this tree, so you needn't worry about buying replacement bulbs in a hurry.

    An ideal choice for big, barren bay windows which demand a festive feel.

    SHOP GOLD FLOWER FIBRE OPTIC XMAS TREES.

    The White Blue Ripple Effect Tree

    For a calming feel to your space, add a White Blue Ripple Effect Christmas Tree. Startlingly brilliant, this fibre optic tree is very much a tree which demands all the accolades. The beautiful bright blue fibres elegantly ripple up and down the tree, mesmerising guests and relatives during the festive season.

    Pop in your front bay window to show off your Christmassy flair, or add to back bay windows and watch the garden bask in a gorgeously relaxing blue haze.

    SHOP WHITE BLUE RIPPLE FIBRE OPTIC CHRISTMAS TREES.

    The Red & Blue Colour Burst Fibre Optic Tree

    Add a splash of colour to bay windows this Christmas 2017 with the Red & Blue Burst Artificial Xmas Tree. Casting a rainbow hue from your front window, this fibre optic tree is illuminated through acrylic stars perched at the end of realistic branches.

    While this tree transitions from red, to blue, and every colour in-between, you needn't worry about noise; like many of our fibre-optics, this tree has no moving parts, which means no noise.

    SHOP RED BLUE COLOUR BURST FIBRE OPTIC CHRISTMAS TREES.

    Our fibre optic Christmas trees comes in sizes from 3ft up to 8ft. If you like the look of the fibre optic Christmas trees above, browse our newest in the range: the LED Bellisimo, Red & Blue LuminescenceAndromeda and Multicolour Aurora.

    If fibre optic isn't your thing, take a look at our whole range of Christmas trees.

  • Best Small Artificial Christmas Trees For Xmas 2018

    Sep 9, 2017

    Christmas is the best time of the year.

    There. We said it.

    We love it because absolutely anybody can get stuck in; whether you like to go big with the brightest lights and most garish Christmas jumpers, or prefer the humble warmth of togetherness during the winter months, we know the feeling.

    To get you in the mood for the Christmas season, why not look at our range of small artificial Christmas trees? Ideal for table-top decorations and to sit in the nooks of small rooms, our 3ft Christmas trees and 4ft artificial trees prove it’s the little things in life that really do make all the difference.

    Here are our favourite small artificial trees for Christmas 2017.

    3ft Woodland Pine

    Woodland Pine Artificial Christmas Tree

    Our Woodland Pine range is one for those who simply adore the outdoors.

    Christmas Tree World customers love this range for its realistic pine trees; with its perfect mix of PE & PVC branch tips and two-tone green colour, our Woodlands demand your guests’ attention.

    Boasting an impressive 382 branches and at 63cm diameter, our 3ft Woodland Pine might be small, but they sure are full of heart.

    Shop Woodland Pine Artificial Christmas Trees.

    4ft Snowy Scots Pine

    Snowy Scots Pine Artificial Christmas Tree
    If you can’t think of anything more gorgeous than a beautiful snowy day, then look no further than our 4ft Snowy Scots Pine trees.

    A thin blanket of snow rests atop our Snowy Scots, providing a fetching ambient glow from the moonlight. Not only do they look realistic from afar, they’re also fantastic up-close; expect your guests to marvel at this tree’s delicate branch tips – all 298 of them!

    Bushy and full of character, our 4ft Snowy Scots is 68cm in diameter and combines PE/PVC branches with large bottle brush tips. Traditional with an extra hint of opulence – divine!

    Shop Snowy Artificial Christmas Trees.

    4ft Arbor Grande

    Arbor_Grande Artificial Christmas Tree

    Our 4ft Arbor Grande artificial Christmas tree is grand in name, and – despite being just 4ft tall – is certainly grand in nature.

    This is one of our most realistic Arbors, with 447 branch tips and 72cm in diameter.

    Elegant and with a gorgeous subtle look, it really is impossible to spot the difference between this and a real tree. Add some multifunctioning LED lights and see how much warmth your small Christmas tree brings to chilly evenings.

    Shop Arbor Artificial Christmas Trees.

     

    Don’t forget, many of our trees come in multiple sizes, ranging from 3ft up to a whopping 20ft. Browse all our artificial Christmas trees and show us how you’ve styled yours on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

  • Red Wine Hot Chocolate Recipe (for the grown-ups!)

    Oct 10, 2016

    Touted as the “Ultimate Winter Beverage for 2016”, you can be the first of a very merry crowd when you try this lovely Red Wine Hot Chocolate recipe.

    Perfect for when you’ve tucked the kids in bed and it’s time for a very festive wind-down. Like a massive cuddle in a mug, this red wine hot chocolate is the perfect medley of wholesome Christmas vibes and Friday night relaxation, wrapped into one.

    Ingredients (serves 4)

    • 500ml milk (or soya)
    • 240ml red wine
    • 60g dark chocolate curls
    • Whipped cream (optional)

    Method

    1. In a medium saucepan, mix together the milk and chocolate until fully melted and thick (resist licking the spoon!)
    2. Pour in the best bit (the red wine) and mix on a simmer until combined.
    3. Pour out into mugs or glasses and top with whipped squirty cream or extra chocolate curls. Delicious!

    Yummy! While you're hear, don't forget to check out our amazing selection of artificial Christmas trees, Christmas lights and decorations.

  • White Hot Chocolate Recipe (for the kids!)

    Oct 10, 2016

     

    Nothing quite says Christmas like a steaming mug of hot cocoa and some snuggly slippers.

     

    Whilst we can’t supply snuggly slippers for you lovely lot, we do have something else up our sleeve – a white hot chocolate recipe, perfect for making with the kids on chilling winter nights!

     

    We love this twist on the traditional milk chocolate version, not only because white chocolate is super delicious, but also because even if it’s not snowing outside, you’ve got your White Christmas in a cup! Yum yum!

    Ingredients (serves 2)

     

    • 150g white chocolate
    • 250ml almond milk
    • 250ml full-fat milk (or soya)
    • 1 tsp vanilla essence
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • A squirt of whipped cream, a few tiny marshmallows, or colourful  sprinkles (for decoration)

     

    Method

    1. In a medium saucepan, heat the milks and chocolate until completely melted.
    2. On a low heat, whisk in the vanilla and cinnamon until fully combined.
    3. Pour into warm mugs (if you’re feeling festive) or into large glasses (if you’re feeling super sophisticated).
    4. Sprinkle your chosen decoration on top and sip up! (Be careful not to burn your mouth if it’s piping hot!)

    Yummy! While you're hear, don't forget to check out our amazing selection of artificial Christmas treesChristmas lights and decorations.

  • Here's How To Have a Stress-Free Christmas 2016

    Jan 1, 2016

    Christmas already seems a long time ago, doesn’t it? We’re all back to work and the days of eating loads, drinking before lunchtime, watching too much TV and then eating some more seem like a distant memory.

    Some people are even glad of the fact that Christmas is gone for another year (yes, really!), but we’re not, and we think that now is the perfect time to be planning for 2016. With that in mind, here’s why you should be buying your Christmas tree and decorations right now so you can have a stress-free Xmas 2016.

    Get some great Christmas tree deals & offers

    Let’s start with the obvious one - saving money. By buying a Christmas tree and your decorations early, you can take advantage of the great deals and offers in the January sales.

    Related: Real vs Artificial Xmas Trees - Which will save you the most money?

    Christmas is a strain on the purse strings for many of us, so it makes sense to make the most of sales when they crop up, regardless of how far away Christmas actually is. You can then sit back smugly, safe in the knowledge that come the following Christmas, you’ve got your Xmas tree sorted.

    Just take a look at how much you could save in our Christmas tree sale.

    Keep that festive spirit going

    If you’re feeling a little glum about Christmas being so far away, then simply refuse to let it go and cling onto every last drop of festive cheer you can. Buy browsing and buying Christmas decorations now, you can live firmly in denial before the next step of the grieving process kicks in. Just be prepared from odd looks from the postman when you’re dressed in full Xmas getup when your new tree is delivered.

    Take away the hassle & stress for next year

    The buildup to Christmas can be pretty stressful, so it’s best to plan well in advance so you can focus your attention on enjoying yourself and eating everything in sight. This is a pretty important point for big businesses and organisations, such as hotels, that require a substantial amount of planning and actual volume of decorations.

    Related: The Guide to Buying an Artificial Christmas Tree for a Small Space

    You’ll no doubt have plenty of other responsibilities and festivities to organise, so don’t get caught out and risk what you want being out of stock.

    Because you’ve noticed your current Christmas tree is a bit shabby

    If your current Christmas tree is looking a bit past its best then throw it away. No messing. Don’t hope and pray that it’ll be OK in 11 months’ time; just do the sensible thing and sling it out. Or rather, see if you can recycle your artificial Christmas tree by contacting the council to see if they have any collections, or you could try upcycling it by turning branches into wreaths or garlands.

    If your tree is looking a bit grim, then something like the Green Princess pre-lit fir tree (shown below) will fill that Xmas tree-shaped void in your life perfectly.

    If your tree is still looking fabulous, however, then don't just ram it in the loft or it won't be long before it does look past its best. Popping it in a Christmas tree storage bag will keep it look pristine until next year.

    Are you missing that Christmas feeling? Grab yourself a new Xmas tree and keep that festive feeling going just a little bit longer.

  • Our top tips for beating the January blues

    Jan 1, 2016

    After the final chocolate has been eaten and the last bottle of wine has popped its cork, there is nothing but a sense of deflation as the cold, dull month of January rolls around.

    When the Christmas tree and decorations have been taken down and packed away, we’re left with with merely an expanding waistline and a ravished bank account. It’s not surprising that the January blues hit us hard.

    Whilst you may be feeling seemingly underwhelmed and sluggish, the new year is actually a great incentive to turn over a new leaf, make some lifestyle changes and perhaps aim for a new goal.

    Here at Christmas Tree World we have a few ideas to help you to shake the January blues.

    Eat well, be well…

    After a good few weeks of indulging in alcohol and festive food, it’s no surprise that we feel a bit grim and lethargic...perhaps that trusty old belt is no longer needed?

    It all starts with a break from heavy food and drink but forget gruelling weight loss fads; instead be realistic by working on eating a more balanced diet with treats in moderation.

    Get up and move…

    If joining a gym is too expensive, just getting up and walking in the fresh air everyday for at least half an hour will do the trick. Any movement is good movement to help get you back into shape and feeling more energised throughout the day.

    Catching those ZZZs…

    After one too many late nights and your daily routine out of the window, an easy way to start to get back to normal and feel better is to get a good night's rest. Re-establish your sleeping pattern and you’ll immediately feel more awake and ready for the day.

    Save money…

    After treating yourself and your loved ones over the festive period, purse strings probably need to be tightened. Set yourself a realistic amount to save per week and as you see your bank balance rising, you’ll soon feel a little more cheery.

    For those bargain hunters out there, you can get ahead of the game and take the pressure off next Christmas by checking out the amazing discounts in our Christmas tree sale, with plenty of other discounts available across the site, too.

    Plan something fun for the coming weeks…

    By planning something interesting, you will have something to look forward to in the midst of the January blues. Whether it’s a day out with friends or family or a treat for yourself, plan something into your diary and start counting down those days.

    Take up a new hobby…

    If you’ve always wanted to give something a go, the new year is the perfect time to try it. Whether it’s joining a class or exploring a life long interest, you’re bound to meet like-minded people and feel part of something which has to make you feel a little bit better.

    The January blues certainly don’t last forever and you’ll soon have the spring back in your step...But until then remember that it's only 51 weeks until Christmas!

    How do you battle the January blues? Tweet us @Xmastreeworlduk

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