Posts Tagged ‘Christmas Tree’

The local* history of Christmas: a ‘tree-and-bird‘ story

Which came first: the turkey or the ‘tree?

Grab a last-minute bargain!

Penultimate Cottingham Thursday Market: portable camera pan-around!

Which came first: the Christmas Turkey or the Christmas Tree?

We know the turkey is a species indigenous to North America – so it can’t realistically pre-date Christopher Columbus in 1492 – but it was the enterprising Yorkshireman William Strickland * who settled here in East Yorkshire who first brought six live birds back to the UK from The Americas just 34 years later! So we can say with some certainty that Henry XIII would have been the first reigning monarch to have enjoyed eating turkey in court!

‘Modern’ traditional Christmas as we’ve known it for over a Century now in the UK and the Western World was really an invention of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert! But turkeys only became available for all to eat rather than a very expensive exclusive luxury in the 1950s

To get glimpse of life before our ‘traditional’ Christmas we take for granted mostly today, take a peak at Victorian social commentator Charles Dickens’ “Christmas Carol”. When taken together with his other works, this forms a thought- provoking and disturbing reminder to the Establishment to think of the plight of the working poor and needy at Christmas!


Finding and decorating your Christmas tree locally is easier than you think!

Hallgate Shops

Hallgate Landscape’s yard is also accessible from Hallgate!

A festive tree should be for life, not just for Christmas!

With Christmas almost upon us, many intend buying a real live Christmas Tree. No need to raid the nearby forests and chop down your own native version as some American Christmas movies might have encouraged you to do!

Trends have changed: living trees are sold here with potted roots in soil now that can be re-planted in the garden in January. No need to buy one without sterilized roots!

Perhaps it’s time to consider scrapping that old fold-away artificial tree? It may have served your family well for many years, having been handed-down from your parents who lived above a shop in a flat!


Bringing the tree indoors for December causes it to go into shock, as so far it has spent all its life outdoors exposed to the elements.

Some tips: Locate your tree away from radiators and naked flames and keep the roots moist in the pot by watering daily especially whilst indoors. This will be safer especially if the mast is anchored to a wall by a string and nail, reduce needle loss and improve its longevity and chances of recovery.

Located in the Co-op car park, Hallgate Landscapes sell a variety of shrubs, trees, plants, gravel, bedding and other gardening and landscaping materials from their yard.

Look-alikes: very yew or non-yew?

No need to ‘hedge’ your bets: a young yew can pass as a Christmas tree and it will grow into a common-or-garden hedge if re-potted and planted in your garden!

It may also come as a surprise that Christmas trees are available in a variety of species! Some can be left outside in the garden.

Deciding how to decorate your new tree

Nextdoor to Hallgate Landscapes, there is a poundshop!


Inexpensive fairy lights are much safer nowadays and they can be bought in large sets that are low voltage LEDs and some run equally well inside or outside from low-voltage transformers. Although well regulated in today’s global economy, check for EU and or BSI health and safety Kite Marks. Larger sets of lights and other tree decorations are available from Kemps in Cottingham.

Note of Caution

Traditionally, a frequent cause of domestic accidents has come from decorating Christmas trees, so it makes sense not to get a tree that is too large and deep to reach when decorating from a step ladder or to work without a partner or safety harness, including when working putting up lights on the outside of the home.