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London — By Andrea Kirkby on December 2, 2009 at 5:50 am
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A Christmas tree with a difference!

If there’s one thing I hate about Christmas it’s that it’s such a style-free zone. Suddenly, good taste is nowhere to be found – it’s all bling and tastless flashing lights.

But not at Claridges [map], thank goodness, where fashion designer John Galliano has created a splendid, tasteful, and very impressive Christmas tree.

Definitely not a stylish tree ornament, unless you're being very kitsch, or unless you're still too small to go to school

Definitely not a stylish tree ornament, unless you're being very kitsch, or unless you're still too small to go to school

Silver, white and blue tones predominate – no foliage, and no red or purple twinkly lights. It’s very cool, very wintry, almost stark, with the character of a bonsai tree gnarled with age, rather than a three or four year old pine sapling whose life has come to a sudden chop like most household Christmas trees. But what I like most about it is the way it seems to be twining its trunk around the stairwell – almost as if it’s looking for a way to grow out of the hotel and up into the sky.

Well, that’s my kind of Christmas. But if you really want a more traditional experience, then you might want to be in Trafalgar Square tomorrow, December 3rd, when the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree will have its lights switched on at six o’clock. Except that this tree is another fantastic all-white tree – not for style reasons, but because that’s the traditional way of lighting your Christmas tree in Norway, and it’s the Norwegians who traditionally give us this lovely tree.

Photo from Zana Stardust on flickr

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