Let the countdown to Christmas begin friends, as it nears closer to the festive season so does the idea of the Christmas tree set up and what decorations to adorn it with.  Will your theme be red, green & gold or simply a beautiful white Christmas?

In olden times (and in Roman Catholic tradition) the tree was not put up until the afternoon of Christmas Eve, can you believe that???  Seems like a lot of effort to only be enjoyed for a short period of time.  In our household the tradition is December 1st and this date also holds strong for most households around Australia.

The Christmas tree usually an evergreen conifer such as spruce, pine or fir, is definitely seen as a dominant part of the preparations in the lead up to Christmas.  This year I have decided to adopt a ‘charity focus’ approach to a few areas of the Clarke Christmas.  When this inspiring idea was brought to my attention by Oxfam, I just wanted to jump straight on board.

Did you know Australians spend around $48 billion over the Christmas period?  If just one in four Aussies made one ethical Christmas purchase at Oxfam, we could raise enough money to provide clean water to every family in Zambia.  At Oxfam they are calling on Aussies to make just a few tiny changes to their Christmas this year to make it an ethical one.  And, the good news is that they have a range of easy ways to do this!  Oxfam’s Christmas Tree campaign has been running for more than 30 years now – with trees sustainably grown on a family-run farm, freshly cut, and – most importantly – all proceeds support Oxfam’s lifesaving work tackling global poverty.

For every tree that’s cut down, two are planted in its place.  Oxfam’s Christmas Trees are offered in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide and will be ready for pick up or delivery on the weekend of 2-3 December.

So team, here I am spreading the love and word of such a wonderful organisation and so happy to collaborate with Oxfam to help spread our ethical Christmas message.

I just love my Oxfam’s Christmas tree with the wonderful handmade, Fairtrade Christmas decorations.  By learning more about having an ethical Christmas with Oxfam, they too can help transform the lives of people living in poverty.  It’s a win win if you ask me!

For Oxfam Ethical Decorations purchases:

Made by the wonderful artisan hands at various organisations like Noahs Ark and Nepali Craft Trading you can purchase decorations at the following link:


For Oxfam Christmas Tree  purchases:

You can arrange to pick up your freshly cut Christmas Tree from various locations (reminder they stand between 1.7 and 2m tall in case you don’t have a trailer) or have it delivered between Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December.  Tree sales close this coming Monday 27th November, and remember you will need to purchase your own tree stand separately.  For further information please check out this link: