Elyse Budrodeen, a 24-year-old nurse from Kirrawee, has had her Christmas tree up since mid-October, after ordering it early so she did not miss anything.
“I love the feeling of Christmas, and it’s the very first Christmas tree I’ve bought for myself,” she says, adding that she bought her first apartment this year, “so it’s really exciting.”
For Budrodeen, this Christmas means the end of a bad year: “I look forward to 2022.”
Barbara and Ron Junghans, owners of Sydney Christmas Tree Farm in Duffy’s Forest, know all too well the season’s madness, having been in the business since 1979.
Barbara says that last year and this year have been even busier than usual: “We are completely booked out,” she says. “Within hours [of opening bookings] people filled out and we were booked out in three days. ”
Barbara says people were waiting on the website in case there was a cancellation where stains were snatched even though they are set up late at night.
“Some people pick up former pitches to get better trees … you come and visit the farm, pick your tree, and then we cut it down for them,” she says.
What about those who have not got their tree yet? Keep an eye out for freshly felled trees at your local Woolworths and fresh food markets, pick up an imitation tree from Big W, Kmart or Target, or look at the Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree for used trees or decorations.
Will some of us return to our Grinch-like self in November next year? Who knows. So far, we take the jubilation.
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