Trees that go in the garden That's SO Christmas 2012 (it's just a shame they aren't real!)
18:26 GMT, 22 November 2012
FAMILIES struggling for space among their supersize sofas and widescreen TVs are now putting their Christmas trees outside in the garden.
But they are not planting them, these are artificial 'outdoor fashion trees', one of the biggest new festive trends for Christmas 2012.
The shift is part of a wider shift away from real trees towards artificial alternatives.
The Snowy Paper Tree was the best-selling tree at John Lewis in 2011 and an outdoor version has been added to the range for 2012
Figures from top department store John Lewis have revealed that demand for faux trees that will live outdoors has already shot up 70per cent on last year.
And a recent study published by Which showed that fewer than one in five households plan to have a real Christmas tree, such as a Noordman Fir this year.
The Pre-lit Red Berry Christmas Paper Tree, 95
The 7ft Outdoor Pre-Lit Blossom Tree, 80
The Pre-lit Berries and Pinecone Tree, 45
7ft Snow Capped Pine Tree with Pine Cones, 190
Other popular unorthodox models include a Glitter Bonsai Tree and a 4ft Battery Operated Porch Tree.
Lisa Rutherford, Christmas Buyer at John Lewis, said: ‘As in previous years, customers are retaining their taste for trees which offer something different from the norm.
‘Smaller living spaces mean that some families may not have room for a tree in their living room, so opting for an outdoor tree is a space-saving option. It also means they can share the festive spirit with their neighbours and passers-by.’