If you've set your heart on a rustic real Christmas tree this year, then the imminent return of Aldi's bargain Nordman Fir will fill you with festive spirit and make your cottagecore dreams come true.
Lovingly grown in the Scottish countryside, each 5 to 6ft tree costs just £14.99, with bigger 6 to 7ft firs priced at £24.99. They will be available to buy in-store this coming Thursday 26th November, ready to decorate with your choice of baubles.
The Nordman Fir is one of the most popular Christmas trees in the UK, thanks to its symmetrical pyramid shape and bushy branches. It's famously the best at holding its glossy, dark green needles, which are soft enough to keep children and pets safe.
"Nordman Firs have a wide base, which is excellent for accommodating lots of presents," said Lee Chambers, head of sales at Lovania Nurseries.
"When you first take yours home, cut a few inches off the base of the trunk and place it in a bucket of water overnight. Choose a cool spot with plenty of space, preferably away from radiators as this can dry the needles prematurely.
"Make sure your tree's stand is kept topped up with fresh water and it will stay looking fresh and healthy throughout the festive season."
Sustainability is a key concern right now, so conscious shoppers will be pleased to hear that for every tree Lovania Nurseries cuts down, four more are planted in its place.
During an unsettling, disconnected year for everybody, many of us have sought comfort in the familiar. Hence the blossoming cottagecore trend that romanticises rural life, puts the homemade centre stage and glorifies the simple things.
To decorate your Nordman Fir accordingly, try knitting, felting or baking some baubles. Look to a traditional, Victorian-inspired palette of reds, greens and golds, and incorporate foraged treasures like pine cones, holly and dried berries. Etsy has enjoyed a huge 126% rise in searches for citrus decor, as shoppers look to a bygone era for characterful ideas.
It's impossible to trump the timeless beauty of a real Christmas tree, even if there are plenty of fabulous fauxs in the shops this year. That's why we'll be leaning into the cosy nostalgia of a Nordman Fir this Noel.
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