And so the Christmas Tree goes back into the ground in the Orchard for another year. We'll dig it up when Christmas starts again in October.
Some people question the tradition of digging up and re-using the same tree every year. But to me it makes perfect sense. It's environmentally friendly, it cheers up the Orchard with evergreen colour when the apples and pears are bare. It has a cycle about it that reflects the liturgical year.
And sure, the plastic is starting to fade a bit now. But I reckon we'll get a couple of years out of it before it's really knackered.