History Of All Things Christmas

Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion. Popular customs include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends and, of course, waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. December 25–Christmas Day–has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1870. Continue reading

FAQ’s

Quality

How do I know that I will receive a top quality tree
All our trees are graded twice prior to being despatched, and we take a real pride in only sending out the best of the best.

What do I do if I am not satisfied with my tree
First of all I would say, remember that a tree is a living thing and as such they are all different – they are not factory produced on a conveyor belt!   If you feel that your tree is really not up to quality then give us a phone and let us know what you are not happy about.   We will ask you to take a photograph of the tree showing what is giving you concern – when we receive the photo we can resolve the problem quickly.

Can I return my order if I’m not satisfied with it.
Trees can only be returned if there is a genuine problem that has be clarified with Scottish christmas trees. Other wise they cannot be returned as they are a perishable item, and therefore are not refundable.   If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with any non perishable goods, please inform us within 7 working days.   We will issue a return number.   You must arrange for the goods to be returned at your own cost.

What happens if the goods I receive are faulty
Please phone us to tell us what the problem is, and we will issue a returns number.   You must arrange for the goods to be returned at your own cost.   When we have received the item back and we are satisfied that there is a problem, then we will either send out a replacement or refund you the cost in full, including the cost of returning the item

Delivery

Will my order definitely arrive on my preferred delivery date.
We will do all we can to get your order to you on your preferred delivery date and 98% of the orders that we despatch are delivered on the preferred date, but as this is an extremely busy time of year, occasionally goods get mis-routed or lost in transit
On our web site we state very plainly that it is only a preferred date, and we will do all we can to get your order to you on that date, however we cannot guaranteed it. If you need your tree for a specific date ask for delivery at least 2 days prior to that date to allow time to resolve any possible delivery problems that occasionally occur.   For full details please look at our Delivery page on the web site

What do I do if my order is not delivered on the day I asked for

Your chosen date is only a preferred date, and NOT a guaranteed date.  98% of our deliveries arrive on the chosen date, but please remember that Couriers are extremely busy at Christmas time.   If your tree hasn’t arrived by the day after your preferred date, please contact us, and we will trace your order and find out what the problem is – we will do all we can to help you to get your order to you as quickly as possible.

What happens if the tree has been damaged in transit.
First off all it is important that you check all your goods prior to signing for them. If there is some damage sign for them as ‘damaged’. We will ask you to take a photograph of the damage, which we need when claiming from the Courier Company, and as soon as we receive a photo we will despatch a replacement tree at our expense or refund you the cost of the tree

Can I give specific delivery instructions
Yes, you can give instructions as to where to leave your order.   During the ordering process you will be asked for  your instructions, but please try and keep them brief as we only have a certain amount of space to write them
What if I’m out when my order arrives or do I need to be about to sign for the delivery of my goods
No, the courier will leave your order in a safe place even if you’re not at home, so we advise you to give us some instructions as to where the order can be left safely or if it can be left with your neighbour

 What are your delivery charges
For full details look at the delivery page on the web site

If I order more than 1 item will they be delivered at the same time
Due to the large volume of goods that are going through the Courier depots at Christmas time, sometime orders get split up and yes you might receive your order on different days – for which we do apologies, but as soon as the goods leave our yard we are entirely in the hands of the Courier.   If you refuse to take delivery of part of your order we cannot guarantee that you will receive the remaining items .   Orders that are made up of more than one part are always despatched on the same day

Can I choose a specific day for delivery or a next day service
You can order at any time and choose any date in the future that suits your needs.   We would strongly recommend that if you want your tree for a specific date that you have it delivered to you at least 3 days prior to that date.   Occasionally orders get lost or misrouted and we do want you to have your tree for that special day.   Saturday and specified time deliveries carry an additional cost – please look at the Delivery page for full details

 

Ordering

Can I cancel my order
Yes, you can cancel your order but must do so at least 7 working days prior to your delivery date – less than that time we might not be able to stop shipment.   Any order of perishable goods that is cancelled 5 days or less prior to shipment will not be eligible for refunded.   All our trees are freshly cut to order and are perishable.

Can I  phone you to place an order
As I’m sure you will be aware, at Christmas time we are extremely busy, so would appreciated if you would place your order online.   However, if you are having any problems please do not hesitate to phone us and we will help you all we can.

Can I alter my order once I have confirmed it
Yes you can alter your order, but there is a £5 administrative charge which covers costs of re-printing labels and re-allocating the order.

Do I have to pay for the return of goods

Unless the goods are damaged, defective, and not as described on our web site, then you will have to pay for the return of the goods.  We would ask you to contact us prior to sending anything back so that we can give you a returns number.

 

The Trees

How is a tree measured
A Christmas tree is measured from the bottom of the trunk to the very top of the leader – the long branch where the fairy or star goes.   Remember when ordering your  tree that this long branch can be any length from about 15cms(6ins) up to 37cms(15ins).   So a 175/200cms tree might only have less than 150cms (5ft) of bulky tree.

Are your trees non drop
There is no such thing as a non drop Christmas tree, as all trees shed their needles, just as we shed our skin, especially when they are unpacked after transport.   The Fraser fir and Nordman Fir are both low drop needle trees, however the Norway Sprucewould not be classed as a low drop needle Christmas tree.   The Norway Spruce is better suited to outside use or in colder areas of the house.   We suggest that you give your tree a really good thud on the ground prior to putting it in a stand, and look after it as suggested on our Care page

What is the difference between a Fraser Fir and Nordman Fir
Take a look at the photos of these 2 trees on the cut Christmas Tree page of the web site, or read about them on ‘Our Trees’ page

Can I send a tree and or wreath as a present and can I include a message
We will be delighted to send anything from our web site to any address in UK.   We will also hand write a card with any message that you wish included.

How many lights will I need for my Christmas tree
Everyone has different ideas as to how dense they like the lights on their tree, but we recommend that for a 5 foot tree  approximately 150 lights would be about correct, for a 6 foot tree about 180 lights and for a 7 foot tree approximately 210 lights.   This is only a guide line.   Take a look at All about lights

What is the best way to look after my tree and to keep it fresh for as long as possible
Remember that a cut tree is just like cut flowers only a lot larger, and will stay beautifully fresh if put in a Stand that holds water.   For the first week the tree will drink a lot of water , but generally slows down after that.     I suggest that you look at our Carepage, where there are full instructions on how best to care for your tree, both cut and potted, and also wreaths.

 

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Christmas Tree Production

You might not realise it when you’re looking at your tree sitting in the corner of your room, but there is a huge amount of work involved to get the tree from the ground to your home. Hopefully our guide to Christmas tree production will help you to appreciate the amount of work that goes into getting our real Christmas trees to your door! Continue reading

The Chronological History Of Christmas Trees

Chronological History Of Christmas Trees 

Why do we decorate our trees? It all started with a humble monk called St Boniface. In the 7th century, a monk from Devonshire visited Germany to teach the word of God. He spent a long time there, particularly in an area known as Thuringia – which would eventually become known as the cradle of the Christmas decoration industry. Continue reading

What You Might Not Know About Fake Christmas Trees

You’ve probably already realised that we are huge advocates of real Christmas trees (hence the name), but it isn’t just because we think they look much better than the artificial alternatives. There are plenty of other reasons to consider a real tree over a fake one, many of which you might never have even heard of before. We’ve rounded up a few little-known facts about fake Christmas trees (courtesy of The National Christmas Tree Association) which will hopefully help to clear up any questions that you might have:  Continue reading