“ Brand: B&Q / Misc House Type: Party Supplies „
Oh angel atop my Christmas tree,
I see you smiling peacefully,
But I can't help thinking it must hurt some,
To have a tree shoved up your bum!
For the last seven years, ever since moving into the hosue I currently live in, we've had the same tatty knackered old tree . I would always vow to replace it as soon as I could afford it, but sadly some problems with depression made finding a job , and therefore some spare money, a little hard .
But not this year - things are looking up. I now have a good job, with a steady income, and a few weeks ago I decided the time had come to treat myself to a new tree . I had a browse online at various websites, and spent a long time deciding on what kind of tree I wanted to have - there are so many fancy kinds around nowadays - metallic ones, pre-lit ones, even some that just pop up from flat . They all seem to be named after places too - Vancouver, Ontario , Salzburg, Skegness (only joking about that last one!)
After much deliberation, I decided on the B&Q Ontario tree. I think it was the very classic design that drew me in . The tree is a nice, classic green colour, witha slightly iridescent effect going on - the website stated this was only on the tips of the branhes, although on my tree the whole thing seemed to have this effect .
This tree is pleasantly bushy and even all over. At 6'5 , it;s also a pretty impressive height - something that was important to me after years with just a three footer. At it's widest point, the tree is 3'6 wide - something I hadn't actually looked at before buying it. This led to a great deal of reshuffling furniture in an attempt to clear enough space to put it up .
Putting the tree together was an absolute breeze, with clear insructions and colour coded, alphabetically lettered parts. I really loved the colour coding, and the lettering, as it helped to ensure that branches of the same length were affixed at the same height, giving the tree a well rounded even appearance . There are quite a lot of seperate parts for this tree, but I don't think the actual assembly of it took more than 15 minutes.
The stand for the tree is not particularly attractive - but then once it is surrounded by presents this would hardly be noticeable. I do like that there is a nice gap between the floor and the first layer of branches, plenty of space to fit several decent sized boxes underneath.
The tree once put up is very stable, with the stand keeping it firmly in position . It feels really solidly made, and I was pleased to notice that even some of my heavier decorations did not cause the branches to sag and droop, something that had happened to my old tree .
However, I think in my eagerness to have a nice tree, I forgot about my kittens love of all things shiny . My family and I decorated this tree lovingly, and it was beautiful - for about five minutes until one of my kittens spotted the shiny baubles and decided to shin up the tree and bat it around . I was impressed that the tree remained firmly upright, refusing to topple, or even to wobble a little . However, Yuki, our boy kitten, is a bit of a chubster, and succeeded in flattening the bottom layer of branches with his impressive gut. Luckily, the branches can be bent back into place with some success, so the tree is only a little lopsided at the bottom .
The full retail price of this tree is apparently 79.99 - hideously expensive in my opinion. However, B&Q had it on at half price on the website, and I paid 39.99, plus an extra £5 for delivery .
I think this is a very attractive tree with a classic full bushy design, slightly jazzed up by the iridescent effect which makes the tree seem to take on a different shade of green from different angles. It looks lovely when fully decorated, is incredibly easy to put together thanks to the helpful colour coding and lettering of the parts, and seems very strong and sturdy once assembled. Only time will tell if it will continue to survive being attacked by the moggies, but it seems to be bearing up well so far!
I am one of those people who can not wait to get the tree up and start transforming our home for the holidays. Winter time just seems so much brighter and more cheerful with a lovely tree to enjoy. This year however, our old tree was finally declared a goner. We had purchased it for under £5 many years ago as damaged merchandise but it was not too bad. A few house moves and years of being trundled up and down to the attic, and small children pulling at branches have taken their toll though and too many parts were broken to repair this year. As always, when ready to make a new purchase, I turned to the Internet for bargains. A suitable tree was found at a bargain price from Argos, and my husband promised the boys we put the tree up that night. Unfortunately, he had been mistaken as to Argos' trading hours and arrived to find the store closed. A quick phone call and I was back online. This tree was found at B&Q which was thankfully still open and very near to Argos. It was meant to be reduced from £80 to £40 which my husband loved as he felt he was getting a bargain. I am rather more skeptical of these things and believe they just make up any price and then reduce it to make you think you are getting a great deal. One thing that weighed heavily in this trees favour was the fact the reviewers all said this was very easy to set up. I do hate having something that should be fun turn into an argument when my husband gets frustrated trying to do something too complicated with the boys help!
This tree was in fact a breeze to assemble. Everything is coded alphabetically and by colour, and my five year old son was able to do a great deal of the assembly with a little help from Dad. Even the two year old was able to help slot in branches. All told assembly took less than 30 minutes. I would expect and adult could do it in 10 - 15. My son was very proud and pleased to have been able to do so much of this himself.
Once set up, this tree is actually the size it states, six and one half feet. My last tree had been meant to be this size as well, but really was not unless you unwound one unnaturally long branch and left it sticking into the air 12" above the rest of the tree. This wobbly branch was also unable to support a star on it's own. Our new tree, by contrast can easily support our rather heavy clear plastic and led star. It is even able to support our heaviest ornaments, some of which are water globes. It is a very dark green, I think a bit darker than a real tree. It also has sparkly iridescent bits. my husband and boys really liked this part. I had my doubts, but once the tree was set up and decorated, I found them to give the effect of tinsel which I do like. It reminds me of the tinsel we used to put on the trees when I was young. I did notice some reviewers hated this though. As I was unable to go and see the tree myself I had to rely on my husbands description, and like I said he loves it, but I would recommend people view this tree in shop if possible if you think this may look to artificial for you. I do not find it very noticeable on the tree except that you notice wee points of light reflecting.
The one thing I did not like about this tree was the stand. It looks so artificial, but it seems all the trees had the same one. Lucky for us, our old stand fit the tree perfectly. I am not certain if the old stand came with our old tree or was for a cut tree because it looks as if it has the water basin. If like me, you find these stands a bit too artificial looking you might try using a real tree stand. Of course I also miss the smell of a real tree and have never been able to find anything else that comes close. A real tree is completely out of our budget though, especially as it would need replacing every year. I do hope this will last us for years to come.
THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS TREE:
The boys : It's sparkly
My husband : It's easy to set up and will fit back in the box when it's time to put it away.
Me: It holds all me decorations, even the heavy ones, it has a nice Christmas tree shape.