Less Is More: The Half Christmas Tree

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Matt notes that artificial trees aren't very good for removing CO2 from the atmosphere, but they do have their place in our lives, usually around Christmas. And while it is too early to roll out our Real or Artifical Tree comparisons, There is always time to look at new ideas for living with less and getting by in smaller spaces.

That's why this new half-a-Christmas Tree is such a good idea. Harry Wallop of the Telegraph writes that "the artificial tree appears bushy and full from the front, but it is an illusion. It has been sliced down the middle, so it has no back, allowing owners to push the Christmas tee against their sitting room walls, saving valuable space."

Elaine Walter of B&Q;, a big British hardware retailer, explains:

"In modern small houses, saving space is crucial, and as a result compact products are much in demand. These half Christmas trees are being introduced to help create that same warm festive look, using half the space and decorated in half the time."

Or as one critic complained, hold half the presents.


A recent study by the UK Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe) concluded that most people in the UK find their houses cramped and inflexible, badly designed, and that their furniture doesn't fit. There appears to be "a mismatch between the space needed by residents for everyday activities, and the space provided by the market."

Tom Bolton of Cabe likes the half-tree:

"These are rather clever. Christmas trees take up a lot of space at the best of times and B&Q; is just reacting to what their customers have told them - furniture needs to take up less space."

I wonder if one could saw a real tree in half.