Families are trying to make their homes as festive as possible by making this year the Christmas of two trees.

Sales of trees have increased by 31 per cent with many people opting to buy multiple trees for inside and outside their homes, according to the British Christmas Tree Growers Association.

The shift means that a Christmas tree on the doorstep could become a common sight, alongside the more traditional placement in the living room.

Tammy Woodhouse, of the Millbrook Garden Company, which has branches across Kent and East Sussex, told the Sunday Times: “We have seen a rise in people buying several real trees this year, often a potted one for the front of their house with fairy lights on and a bigger one for indoors.

“We have nearly sold out of fairy lights, which we never normally would have.People want to do something special for Christmas that they can do inside their homes.”

According to John Lewis and Waitrose, more than 268,000 feet of Christmas trees have been purchased this year as of last week, equivalent to nine times the height of Mount Everest.

According to figures from retail analysts Kantar released last week, sales of festive fairy lights increased by 238 per cent in November compared to the same month in 2019.

The firm’s Fraser McKevitt said: “Many people have begun the countdown to Christmas 2020 already, using more time at home to go big on festive revelry.”

According to polling by the firm, more than 40 per cent of people are making an extra effort this year to make Christmas special after what has been a tough 2020.

Christmas is likely to be much smaller for most people than previous years with Government restrictions allowing only three households to for a festive period to mix indoors.

Polling of 7,000 people by research firm Piplsay suggested that 38 per cent of people are planning to celebrate with just their immediate family, with 42 per cent of those people plan to maintain social distancing as much as possible.

And the lack of social events means that the baking trend, which took hold during the first lockdown, has continued into the festive period, according to Waitrose, with searches on its website for the category up by 139 per cent compared to last year. Sales of mixing bowls are up by 40 per cent and rolling pins by 31 per cent.

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