Christmas Trees in Australia.

Not only is Christmas in the middle of summer here in Australia, but they also have school summer holidays at Christmas time too!

Yes, I know that makes sense, summer holidays in winter would be stupid! But at the same time, a six-week summer holiday break with Christmas slap bang in the middle of it seems a little crazy too.

Words like cake, eat it, eggs, one basket, kid and sweet shop all spring to mind. But that’s what we have here; the biggest, longest holiday of all with Christmas sandwiched right in the middle.

Anyway, this afternoon I was chatting with someone on the phone and when the conversation came to an end, the other guy said “have a good Christmas” as he ended the conversation.

Have a good what? Surely not? It can’t be, can it? Oh dear, I’ve just checked my calendar. It really is 11 days to Christmas.

It gets me every year and I don’t think I will ever get used to it. Christmas should be cold! Here, as it approaches, it just gets hotter and hotter.

I know I’ve mentioned all of this before in previous years, but every time Christmas takes me by surprise, I just have to write about it. So maybe I’ll write about it every year, who knows?

But if, so far, I’ve drifted towards Christmas not knowing it’s Christmas, tonight that changes. Because tonight, Mrs BobinOz and Elizabeth put this up……

Our Tree

Looking like last years.... and the year before...

Yes, it’s a Christmas tree. And a Christmas tree is a Christmas tree; it can’t be mistaken for anything else. So now, I do know its Christmas time!

But having said a Christmas tree is a Christmas tree, a Christmas tree here isn’t the same as a Christmas tree in the UK. The arborists among you will have realised that our Christmas tree is fake.

Back in England, we always had a real Christmas tree. I mentioned this before in a post a couple of years ago called England Versus Australia at Christmas Traditions. This real tree would cost us something like £30 for a seven footer.

And these trees seemed to be on sale everywhere! Farms, warehouses, backs of lorries and on street corners. Wherever you went, there’d be signs, often painted on pieces of cardboard, saying….

“Xmas Trees Here”.

But here in Australia, Christmas trees are not so readily available. You have to search for them, they don’t find you.

I decided to do that search and check the price of Christmas trees here this year. Christmas trees in the UK may well have gone up in price since I last bought one five years ago. So this isn’t a price comparison. All the same, I hope it of interest.

Check this out…

  • One 7 foot Christmas tree  – $115
  • One bottle of stay green spray – $15
  • Ones stand for a large tree – $65
  • Delivery charges vary. Average – $59
  • Total cost – $254.

And that’s probably why I love our fake Christmas tree.

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  • Michael March 8, 2017, 9:40 am | Link

    Christmas Tree Plantation
    160 (Lot 16) Clarendon Road Clarendon
    0434 519 839 or 0411 243 519

    ^thats where i go in adelide, its great

    • BobinOz March 9, 2017, 12:11 am | Link

      When you say that’s where you go Michael, I assume you mean to work? 🙂

  • George Cortazzo November 21, 2013, 4:33 pm | Link

    Hey bob, You’ve performed an excellent job. I will definitely Digg it & individually recommend to my friends. I’m confident they’ll be benefited from this site.
    I have found more farm in Australia…
    http://www.swanvalleychristmastrees.com.au/farmers-market/

    • BobinOz November 21, 2013, 11:44 pm | Link

      Thanks George, that’s great, more Christmas trees 🙂

  • Dottianne January 3, 2012, 9:20 am | Link

    HHHhheee Bob, that’s a mouthfull…I dare ya to try and say that three times after a coupla pints : )
    Happy New Year !

  • Dottianne December 29, 2011, 10:14 pm | Link

    Thanks Bob, yours can be my first dollar made to hang on the wall of the shoppe! Happy New Year too!

    FYI for next year….uH OH COMPETITION………prices same as here really but we have more variety in shapes and fullness all of the farms there seem to grow these cone shaped trees that are very full.

    http://www.northpolechristmastreefarm.com.au/retail.shtml

    http://www.thechristmastreefarm.com.au/blog/christmas-light-displays-australia/
    only found one place in Tassie though : )

    • BobinOz January 2, 2012, 9:30 pm | Link

      Ye Olde Dottianne Tassie Christmas Tree Shoppe.

      Hehe!

  • Dottianne December 24, 2011, 9:31 pm | Link

    Having lived in Florida since 1972 we are used to hot weather at Christmas. Some years we are lucky and the weather turns cold but this year it is 80 degrees so a beachy Christmas it will be. We just try to remember it was probably hot in Bethlehem too at least during the day : ) I have to admit we have been tempted to put up a palm instead of a pine tree as a palm is probably more original and appropriate for the desert climate : ) We do however always put up a live/fresh cut tree and they are easily aquired here. Hmmmm maybe I’ll start a Christmas tree farm if we ever get there! From the sounds of it cheap live trees might be in demand there >>?
    MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!!

    • BobinOz December 29, 2011, 9:28 pm | Link

      I’d buy a tree from you Dottianne, so that’s a start 🙂

      Merry Christmas to you, enjoy the beach.

  • Nicky December 21, 2011, 6:17 pm | Link

    Hi Bob. I can’t beleive we will be having a hot Christmas next year! It snowed for 1 day and I got all sad and then it had grey-rained for about 6 days since! Not so sad 🙂
    We were actually thinking of buying an artificial tree in the sales here to put in our container – is it worth it (we have space) or are they the same price out there? Really nice ones get to about half price so £40 for a lovely big full looking 8ft tree. Happy Christmas!!

    • BobinOz December 21, 2011, 10:28 pm | Link

      Then next year you’ll find out how truly weird it is to be hot Christmas.

      I don’t think there’s much in it in terms of the cost of artificial Christmas trees between England and Australia. They tend to be half price in January here as well. But that will be too late for next Christmas, so I’d be tempted to grab one in England this January at half price while you can.

      See you in Oz soon!

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