REAL VERSUS FAKE
My personal starting point with festive decorating is a real tree, but there are some really ingenious fakes now available. If you decide to go fake, the best advice is to invest in a really good one as they look more realistic and will last you years into the future. Check out the trees at John Lewis, which aren’t cheap but will stand the test of time. I do think going for ‘fake’ plastic baubles rather than the highly fragile glass ones is a great move, though – especially if you’re going to have kids or dogs in the house over Christmas. You can’t go wrong with the decorations at Asda, for instance, which are great value and unbreakable!