I am going to start off with an apology*
Yes I know it’s still September. Yes I know some of you won’t yet have had your summer holiday/birthday/annual bbq yet (delete as appropriate). BUT, mid-September officially marks the countdown to Christmas in my household.
Some of you might have noticed that I’ve struggled to hold back on Instagram Stories when I’ve spotted the glistening of tinsel lining the high street. I can’t help it, I’m excited. I’m an Autumn/Winter chick and that’s just the way it is.
WITH THAT OUT OF THE WAY, I want to talk about Christmas trees. I’m going to make a bit of a prediction here that you’ll either love or hate. Here it goes…
I think cacti are going to be the next ‘Christmas Tree’
There. I said it.
Image Sources, from top left to bottom right:
Sugar and Cloth, Nicole Valentine Don, Arizona Travel, Refinery 29
They’ve been the blogger accessory of the home for some time now, and because of how bloody easy they are to look after, you can see why the average Joe wants to give them a try – they’re the accessible plant for plant killers. I should know, I’ve commited plenty of plant homicides in my day.
So how about if your Christmas tree was not only gorgeous but you could keep it afterwards? And justify it as an investment piece for your house?
For those that are BIG on tradition, this will be a bit of a bonkers idea. But isn’t that the fun behind design? To get a bit mad sometimes? If you want that Christmas tree smell, get a pine scented candle, some gingerbread room spray and some mulled wine on the stove instead. If you don’t want to invest in an oversized cactus and replace your traditional tree, try using fairy lights to create a cactus shape like above. Green lights are technically Christmas-themed, right?
One lunchtime this week, on my wanderings through Manchester, I stumbled into Paperchase and behind a rope were stacks of display items – Christmas stock. They were clearly getting ready to do the visual merchandising but take a look at my (sorry, a bit dodgy) picture from my phone and what do you see? So. Many. Cacti.
With glitter. With shimmer. With fake snow. With tags for hanging. They’re going to try and make Christmas cacti a thing – and god dammit, I think it’s gonna SLAY.
Great alternative if you don’t want a huge tree, if you’re a non-tradtionalist, or if you just want to do something totally different. And even better if you’re a renter without the luxury of a high ceiling or excess floorspace.
So what do you think? Is it too bonkers? Will you give it a try? And if you do, will you promise to share your pics below?
*I’M NOT SORRY AT ALL. CHRISTMAS YAAAAAY.