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    I like to laugh in the face of tradition. You won’t catch me answering to the name ‘Mrs Jones’ (the hubby’s surname) and when I was asked if I had something blue, something borrowed, something new and something old, or whatever the hell it is, I said: HA! OF COURSE I DON’T! Because wearing something blue, borrowed, old and new is a tradition AND a superstition and I’m fond of neither.

    “Mum promptly slammed her face down in her custard.”

    I suppose it is the defiant, some might say petulant, child in me, looking for any excuse to rock the boat. I blame my mother. At an RAF wedding we were at in the summer, all the RAF pilots were preparing to eat their pudding with their hands tied behind their backs, in what is apparently an RAF tradition. I myself did not take part, because I hate traditions and had a nice dress on, but mother dearest, upon being told she was at the ‘older people’s table’ and that her table ‘probably shouldn’t be getting all mucky’,  promptly slammed her face down in her custard. See? Defiance is in my genes. 

    It’s the same defiance which has seen us without a Christmas tree for all the Christmasses my husband and I have had together. We don’t see the point in Christmas trees. Traditional, maybe, but a waste of money? Definitely.

    However, we now live right next door to a Christmas tree plantation. And Gaz ‘I now live in the country, pass me my Barbour’ Jones has been discussing a late night robbery of one of these trees.

    Something tells me this is unlikely to happen.  We missed a meteorite shower because it meant going outside when it was really cold, so we’re hardly going to go outside on a cold dark night to steal a tree, but also, although he talks the talk, he’s a law abiding citizen.

    And besides, I’ve got a much better idea.


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    It’s a Christmas tree, but not in the traditional sense, which means I love it.

    I like the Scandi look. I have Scandinavian influences in my life, due to friends from Sweden and Denmark being frankly much better at dressing their bodies and decorating their homes than I’ll ever be. I think that’s why I’m so drawn to the Timba Tree. It’s got that Nordic feel to it.

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    Things I love about my tree:

    It’s stylish and simple in design.

    It’s a wooden wonder. (I did a carpentry course once. I know how much effort goes into carving a dove tail.)

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    It’s got spaces for tea lights so you can do away with fairy lights and have actual fire on your tree. Which is obvs a safety hazard – don’t leave this tree ablaze when you go to bed. Not that you have to fill the tealight holes with candles. You could use LED candles. Safety first.

    No needles, no nails, no screws. Just pure planks of timber. A bit like Jenga, but more stable.

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    My neighbour just popped over. ‘Oo, I like your tree,’ she said. ‘No dropped pine needles!’

    That’s right, neighbour. I think I’ve convinced her to invest.

    How to erect (quiet at the back) your Timba Tree:

    1. Put on your Christmas jumper and silly hat.

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    1. Put on your Christmas tunes, loud and proud.

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    1. Warm up your mulled wine.

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    1. Stack your Timba Tree branches any way you see fit. I went for the biggest at the base but you could do the opposite if you were absolutely mental.

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    1. Decorate your tree.

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      1. Light your candles, step back and marvel.

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    Timba Trees retail at between £129 and £229, depending on the size. Which might sound expensive, but god-awful artificial trees can cost £100 and real, one-off trees cost around £80. These last a lifetime. So this year, defy tradition. Buy an alternative Christmas Tree and let’s start a new tradition. Then send me pictures of it decorated, so we can decide who has the best dressed tree. There might be prizes.

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    A Merry Christmas round at ours this year.


12 Responses to Christmas Trees – With A Twist

  • Sue wrote on November 26, 2013 at 9:20 //

    Love it, what a great idea!  AND I got a little glimpse of the new sitting room, looking gooood, can’t wait for xmas!

  • Colin Campbell wrote on November 26, 2013 at 9:32 //

    Could a certain Dane produce these with his own wood??

  • Kimberley Willis wrote on November 26, 2013 at 9:39 //

    The Great Dane… xx

  • Sue wrote on November 26, 2013 at 9:48 //

    I think that Dane would rather sell lots of his REAL trees, but it’s an idea!!!

  • Tammi wrote on November 26, 2013 at 9:56 //

    LOVE the tree, totally getting one next year (not much call for one out here in Asia!).
    Worst part of having a normal one is when you finally have to get rid of your half dead tree in January. They line the streets like there’s been some kind of tree plague and they’re waiting to be carted off for burning! Poor trees. Let’s leave them in the ground. Or better still, let’s chop em down and make them into these kind of clever trees instead!

  • Heatherbiondi wrote on November 26, 2013 at 12:54 //

    Bella ,Bella bravo Kim,I love it wish they sold them here in Italy but can’t even get cheddar cheese so what hope do we have !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With our new puppy Poppy -Rose not sure a tree will survive this Xmas as not much else has so far :-)

  • Anita. wrote on November 26, 2013 at 3:46 //

    Love it what a great idea, and something very different..x

  • Mick Turner wrote on November 26, 2013 at 7:13 //

    Thanks for the tip Kim, we have just ordered a medium sized one for us XX
    PS – good photos Gareth

  • Kimberley Willis wrote on November 26, 2013 at 7:19 //

    Brill! What exquisite taste you have. I’m delighted to spread the seasonal love… Send me a pic of it decorated! xx

  • Kimberley Willis wrote on November 28, 2013 at 9:40 //

    Thank you Heather! I want to see your new puppy! xx

  • Silvia Groeschke wrote on October 29, 2017 at 9:41 //

    Hello Kimberly,
    I ran across your blog today. I’ve been looking for such a cristmas tree as you describe in 2013. I cannot find where to buy it in Germany. Would you have an adress, where the ‘Timba Tree’ can be bought?
    Please help me!!
    Love and best Regards Silvia

  • Kimberley Willis wrote on November 7, 2017 at 10:49 //

    Hi Silvia, I think Timba Tree is a British company so might not sell or ship to Germany. In fact, I think the company might have closed! Boo!


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