The Cactus Christmas Tree

The Cactus Christmas Tree

How to rock a cactus christmas treeI 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?

Cactus Christmas Tree Paperchase


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  • Haha, you’re on the button I’m sure, but I’ve got my fingers in my ears, not listening-lalala-lala-la until at least November! (but your cacti trees are lovely indeed).

    • ha! A lot of my family are like that. I’m forcing them to enjoy the season earlier each year though. We WILL extend Christmas as much as possible! xx

  • Carole King

    Sorry, can’t join this discussion right now …..just off to paperchase. x

    • haha go go go! They’re stocking up now and it’s MAGICAL x

  • The White Approach

    ahhh love the whole build up to christmas starting Juuuusssst about NOW.

    Sure you are right about the cactus but afraid they are not my cup of mulled wine. Prickly little blighters x

    • ha! They’re not for everyone that’s for sure. Maybe just a cactus print might be up your street? 😉

  • Karen

    Hahah. You’re bloody bonkers. Love it. I have one cactus and Charlie is petrified of it as he hurt his finger on one when he was really little. Can you actually imagine his face if we had a LARGE christmas cactus? I do like them though, don’t forget we have a skull wearing a santa hat. I’m sure we can squeeze a cactus in there somehow!?

    • haha hooray, bonkers is the look I’m always aspiring for 😉
      I can’t wait to see what your house looks like dressed up. We have a darth vader on our tree with a santa hat. Nerdy christmas forever!! xx

  • Antonia Ludden

    Brilliant! September is practically Christmas so… and I do think that Christmas cacti will be a thing this year 🙂 xx

    • Haha you’re so right. I might as well start on my advent calendar 😉

  • Amy Lyons

    NEVER apologise for writing about Christmas haha!! I love this idea though it’s so quirky! xx

    • Thanks Amy 🙂 Looks like there are a few of us onboard with the Christmas cactus!

  • What a quirky idea! I love Christmas too so don’t apologise. I got excited at seeing xmas cards in a shop at the weekend!

    • Yay! I know some people get a little irritated by how early it comes each year, but to me it’s just bit bursts of colour and glitter on a dreary day, and that’s something to be happy about!

  • katyatapartmentapothecary

    Ha ha! Christmas and Cacti in September – the perfect combination 😉 The Sugar and Cloth tree got so much love last year so you may be right… x

    • Ooo did it? I’ve only just discovered it but it was love at first sight! Definitely going to try and make one my way this year x

  • I could totally get on board with a cactus christmas tree, and without the decorations, you can use it all year round! x

    • Excatly!! I wonder if I could find some teeny tiny tinsel for my little succulents too? Really go at it full speed haha

  • No need to apologise here- I LOVE Christmas! And I’m unexpectedly loving the festive cactus’ too. I need to get me to paperchase as I love the look of the cactus’ they’re selling right now, would look great in my mind for my new living room when we move. My bank balance is rapidly depleting after seeing so many things I want to get now on this week’s #homeetc !

    • Yay glad I’m not the only one 🙂 The paperchase collection really is amazing. So quirky and offbeat this year. I think it’s going to be an expensive one for this household haha x

  • This would be PERFECT – we were wondering how to handle a Christmas tree this year since it will be kitten’s first Christmas and if we have a cactus one that will keep his cheeky paws at bay 🙂 I think maybe I just have to give in to autumn/winter don’t I and get on board with it all. Why not? I can finally start posting about all those Christmas in July events I went too! Xx #HomeEtc

    • Oooo good idea! And I’m so jealous of all the Christmas events you went to! I was dying to go but it was very last minute. I’ll have to live my run up to Christmas through your blog. Get posting!! 🙂 xx

  • mummyofboygirltwins

    LOVE must have this! Plus you’re my first Xmas post so far this year!! Thanks for sharing – love this! Jess x #HomeEtc

    • Thanks Jess! And I’m super chuffed to claim the early bird prize for Christmas posts haha! x