THE CHRISTMAS PINE: a magical story for Christmas by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo and Stick Man

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THE CHRISTMAS PINE: a magical story for Christmas by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo and Stick Man

THE CHRISTMAS PINE: a magical story for Christmas by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo and Stick Man

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The picture of a perfect Christmas includes family, fireplace, tree and presents. Every year people search high and low to find that perfect Christmas tree for their family and for many people the early morning tread through tree farms has become a tradition. Although, originally Christmas is meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, for many the holiday means to celebrate with family and exchanging gifts. The poem is always unveiled as part of the lighting-up ceremony of the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree and appears on a banner that encircles the base of the tree during the festive period. This year’s banner has been created by Marcus Walters, who, together with the animator Merik Pine, has created a short animation in celebration of Julia’s poem. The excerpt is read by three Year 6 pupils at St Mary of the Angels primary school in the London Borough of Westminster: Reinfrancis Bondoc, Fabio Cucinotta and Poppy-Beau Pawsey.

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Note: The tree in Trafalgar Square is a magnificent Norwegian Spruce (Picea abies) so not botanically a pine tree (Pinaceae​ family). Julia Donaldson knows that the tree in Trafalgar Square is a Norwegian Spruce. When she was composing the poem, she chose to use a word that’s more generic and which she found more poetic. Decorate the top of the moss with pine cones and baubles. You probably won't need to wire these into the display; just push them into the moss. You can buy pine cones for crafting that will have been cleaned and dried and ready for use. But if you prefer to collect your own, you'll need to take a few precautions to make sure your pine cone decorations are clean and won't mold. You'll want to be sure they are free from insects, too. According to the USDA, pine cones can be collected from many National Forests without a permit, as long as you take small quantities and it is for personal use only. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a glorious, joyful tree. After all, isn't one of the core moments of the festive season lugging an enormous Scott's Pine or Norway Spruce through the snowy doorway only to find out it's several inches too tall for your living room? Or getting yourself frustrated because you can't find the one broken bulb that's stopping your LED lights from working? The thing is, it doesn't have to be quite like that. Whilst the smell of a real tree simply cannot be replicated, (though The White Company are giving it their best shot with their scented candles) there is something to be said for the no mess, no fuss option that an artificial tree brings.I also continued to write “grown-up” songs and perform them in folk clubs and on the radio, and have recently released two CDs of these songs.

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According to Mac Harman, founder and CEO of Balsam Hill the best Christmas tree variety ultimately comes down to preference and taste. It's not an exact science. Her latest picture book THE HOSPITAL DOG, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, is published by Macmillan Children’s Books. I studied Drama and French at Bristol University, where I met Malcolm, a guitar-playing medic to whom I’m now married. Pine cones do not need to be baked before crafting, however, they should be thoroughly cleaned and dried beforehand. Leaving pine cones to air dry after washing can take several days, but baking them can help speed up the process. Baking pine cones can also help preserve them and is a good way to kill off any nasty bugs and make them more hygienic to craft with.This poem was commissioned to decorate the annual Trafalgar Square Christmas tree, with banner artwork by Marcus Walters, as part of The Poetry Society's annual Look North More Often programme. Every year The Poetry Society commissions a poem, welcoming Norway’s gift of a Christmas tree to London’s Trafalgar Square as part of its Look North More Often project. This year’s poem, ‘The Christmas Pine’, is by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo and a former children’s laureate. Funnily enough, I find it harder to write not in verse, though I feel I am now getting the hang of it! My novel THE GIANTS AND THE JONESES is going to be made into a film by the same team who made the Harry Potter movies, and I have written three books of stories about the anarchic PRINCESS MIRROR-BELLE who appears from the mirror and disrupts the life of an otherwise ordinary eight-year-old. I have just finished writing a novel for teenagers. Spray twigs with eco-friendly gold paint and insert the twigs through the moss, between the orchids.

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I opted for the pre-lit design because I was fed up with unravelling fairy lights from the box and wrapping them around the tree. It comes with 650 bulbs (I went for ‘Candlelight Clear’ for a more realistic option) and as soon as you plug it all together, it instantly lights up: unbelievably satisfying.

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To spray paint pine cones they need to first be washed and completely dried out. Leaving them to air dry can take several days – to speed up the process wash them in warm water, dry them with a towel, and then bake them in an oven at 390 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees centigrade) for around an hour. Be sure to leave them to cool completely before crafting. This little tree is actually a very important tree – one day it will become the huge Christmas tree which is displayed in Trafalgar Square in London. We follow the tree as it grows then is cut down, and taken to its new home in England, where it is decorated and enjoyed by thousands of people.

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Now that we know that all Christmas trees don’t resemble each other, there is often an easy way to tell pines apart from fir and spruce. Although, they are all needled evergreens, they are quite different from each other.Pine cones in all shapes and sizes can be used to make characterful Christmas decor ideas for children, or more elegant designs to fill your home with holiday spirit. You expect a good-looking tree from The White Company, where everything is done in a quietly chic way. New for this year, I found their artificial Symons tree was another great option with hyper-realistic branches in a very natural shade of green that really do resemble the real thing. This is the tree that won the coveted spot in my sitting room last Christmas, even convincing my husband - arch sceptic of artificial trees - that it was better than real. In my mind, Balsam Hill do the best luxury artificial trees (the brand was created after the founder had a family member with a tree allergy); the branches are designed based on clippings from real Nordmann Firs, with needles that are a dark waxy green on top, and gently curved to reveal a silvery underside–just like the real thing. The magic is in the PE moulded tips, and on this 7ft model there are 2,026 of them. Between the branches you can glimpse the trunk, which unlike some other models, has been designed to look like a real tree trunk to add to the naturalistic look. The Nordmann Fir is perhaps the tree the UK is most familiar with. It’s the most popular Christmas tree in Western Europe, with what you might think of as the ‘traditional’ shape. The Nordmann Fir is a great option if you're looking for a timeless classic.'

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