Meet Bruce the Spruce

Bruce the Spruce -- our environmentally friendly and cost-saving Christmas Tree
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Our potted Christmas Tree

Almost every Christmas tree I’ve ever had has been ‘live’. Meaning that it’s chopped down, put on display for the holidays, then consigned to the massive wood-chipper in the sky. This year I wanted to do something different so convinced Josh that we should get a potted tree.

At first he wasn’t happy with the choice — the potted ones were all tiny. The idea of the tree growing and living outside the house year-round grew on him though. I think the fact that it cost about the same and we can get a few years out of him sealed the deal. Being environmentally-friendly AND saving money is a win win.

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Bruce the Spruce -- our environmentally friendly and cost-saving Christmas Tree

Tinsel and Willow

We named him Bruce (what else could you name a Spruce?) and brought him into the house the first weekend of December. He fits perfectly in a corner of the lounge and we have him decorated with our favourite baubles, lights, and even a garland of tinsel. That’s a nod to my memories of Christmas in the 80s — no tree was complete without tinsel. I might even be convinced to go with colored lights next year. What’s happening to me?

Around his base is a handwoven skirt of local willow made by my pal John Dog Callister. I talked him into weaving some a couple of years ago and he still takes private commissions. He’s just terrible at advertising the fact so I’ll put a little plug in here for him — contact Dog to make a Willow Christmas Tree Skirt. They’ll last years and he even embellishes them with willow three-legs-of-man decorations.

Hand-woven Christmas Tree Skirt by John Dog Callister

A Laxey Bauble

One of my new Christmas baubles is also locally made. It’s a clear ball filled with moss and lichen collected from Laxey and tied with a Manx Tartan bow. Another friend makes these and she gave it to me as my gift this year. I’ll keep it forever and even if we eventually do move there will always be a little piece of the Island out during the holidays.

Laxey lichen and moss Christmas Bauble by The Bees Knees

There’s nothing like a handmade Christmas

Today is one of the busiest days of the year for me — last orders for Christmas. For the past month I’ve been living the life of a Lovely Greens Handmade Hermit and by tomorrow evening I’ll be able to relax. I’ve lost count of how many bath and beauty gift sets I’ve made but now it’s time to make some new gifts. In those last few days before the big day I’m going to be busy filling the area under Bruce with gifts for loved ones on the Island.

I hope you’re having a lovely time in these festive weeks and getting crafty making your own gifts. Wishing you a truly Merry Christmas and all the best for a happy and healthy new year! Tanya

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