I have given in and accepted that for all their inconveniences I like real Christmas trees, damn it, and I have bought one, taking advantage of a Homebase "sale". Years of picking Christmas trees in childhood have given me ludicrously stringent standards, which assume greater importance the smaller the tree, so this process took some time as I had to ensure that I had absolutely the best tree of the range of perfectly serviceable ones on offer. In any case, I have ended up with one that is 3 1/2ft high and of a good shape with a promise for future growth (and my still being able to lift it for two more years). I think I need a longer string of Christmas lights.
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