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'ochristmastree Pop up Shop' — Gluvine nights and Christmas Carols of course!

Gluvine night from 5pm on Wednesday 12 and Wednesday 19 December 2012 at the ochristmastree pop up shop at 225 Glenmore Rd Paddington (at 5 Ways opposite Thomas Dux). We are having live music... Christmas Carols of course!

Pop up shop open every day till Christmas. Santa is in residence every day 10am -12pm, 3pm - 5pm for photos...!

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Our Inspiration


The Inspiration for Ochristmastree

Possessed of a longstanding passion for all things handmade and an unashamed Christmas junky, I found it difficult to find beautiful handmade Christmas decorations in Australia, particularly those that do not break after falling from my floppy real Australian Christmas tree!  So I decided to design my own and find someone who could hand make them.  After several trips to Vietnam I knew that Vietnam had the sort of hand sewing tradition for which I was looking.  I also decided that I didn’t want to commission a factory to make them but to help people in Vietnam who really needed to work. So by commissioning several community groups to make these decorations ochristmastree is helping disadvantaged Vietnamese workers to earn vital income to improve their quality of life. 

So why bother with Christmas decorations?

I have a large blended family, 5 kids, and Christmas is a really important part of our family time together. I find that creating family and childhood memories is all about creating small ceremonies, that do not have to be religious, but that are memorable for both kids and adults.  These memories don’t really have to pertain to any particular value system or religion. The 'feel good' aspects of Christmas are pretty universal and are essentially about connecting with family, friends and good will to all, particularly those less fortunate in life than us.   So getting out some Christmas decorations every year, decorating a tree, any type or size or shape of tree, the door, table, lamp or staircase is a lovely and simple way to create some family and friend traditions and memories.

Christmas in Australia


If we are full on busy at work right up until Christmas Eve evening and trying to get out the door to go on holidays the day after Christmas, then it is easy not to bother too much with Christmas.  So why bother?  I think we do because even by making a small effort to decorate the house and make some special food we can succeed in creating that special and intangible feeling of excitement and warmth that is Christmas. My own lucky experiences of Christmases in London, New York and in Germany helped me fall more in love with the magic and special feeling that is really tangible in those places at Christmas. Even if Christmas day is a scorcher and we are off to the beach, we can still feel a little bit of this magic by creating a Christmas feeling that works for us here in Australia. It doesn’t have to be tacky…or cheesy… or even childish.  It can be stylish without taking the style thing too seriously. I personally like a little bit of kitsch, good kitsch, and some colour and fun.

Some slaves to 'good taste' may even feel the freedom to relax the rules around life being '50 shades of beige'.

On the other hand


…some of us feel a complete heaviness around facing another Christmas with the dreaded family or 'rels'.  We hate the spiral of bad kitsch, consumerism, shopping, sugary carols and the ever advancing earliness of the Christmas retail push.  The seemingly inescapable, debt inducing and often last minute panic to dutifully buy presents that we know are not appreciated or may even be reviled leaves us feeling disenchanted and jaded. It is arguably the worst time of year to be newly divorced, bereaved, single, childless, homeless or just lonely.  Yet Christmas still has a hold over us…it does. Perhaps if we could only allow ourselves the possibility, we might be able find a small, even silly, bit of enjoyment in it - despite and in the face of our cynicism and 'coolness'. 

I believe we might find this small, possibly silly and maybe even fun, piece Christmas spirit by 'keeping it simple' and connecting with the ancient meaning of the Christmas tree and some of the simpler messages behind Christmas traditions. Traditions that have roots stretching back many centuries - long before any concept of a ‘jolly fat man in red’ became popular and commercialised.  More on this subject later and the meantime….

…we have created an alternative and more beautiful bearer of gifts

For all those who are a bit 'over' jolly old Santa, we have made a short film to help us all imagine a more beautiful bearer of gifts and the sort of style that Christmas could be for all of us!

View the film “Special Delivery” on the home page.

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By Catherine Oates Smith


'ochristmastree' at 'Furniture at the Attic'

'ochristmastree' at 'Furniture at the Attic'

'ochristmastree' is a guest until Christmas at the gorgeous shabby chic furniture shop, 'furniture from the attic', located at:

502 Glenmore Rd, Edgecliff NSW 2027 (next to Cadry's and Bob Jane T-Marts and facing right onto New South Head Rd)

So you can come and see and feel our beautiful decorations during business hours. We will also be opening in the evenings in December.

See you there!

5 tips for an enjoyable, stress free Christmas


For many year’s I worked right up until Christmas Eve evening and really struggled to put together a great Christmas for my kids.  I definitely did it the hard way, which is leaving everything to the last minute, until I worked out that there was an easier, happier and less stressful way to do Christmas.  So here are my 5 tips on how to make everyone’s Christmas more enjoyable and less stressful this year:

  1. Plan: There are only six weeks until Christmas and if you plan on creating or hosting any sort of Christmas celebration, large or small, it will be a lot less stressful if you start planning now.
  2. Use a calendar: Record every event you know you need to attend and any other significant commitment or impacting factor, until January such as family commitments, school break-up, work commitments, holiday and travel plans, arrival and departure of guests, parties, drinks, dinners. This way you won’t double book anything and disappoint people.  
  3. Make lists: Make lists of guests who might be staying with you and ensure you have sleeping arrangements organised. Make gift lists now, because by just making a list it will trigger your mind to be on the lookout for suitable gifts on your travels. Make a food list, so you won’t forget to order the turkey or ham and you’ll know when you need to pick up the seafood.
  4. One job at a time: As most people work full time, if you utilise lunch breaks by doing one job at a time, to either shop in person or ordering things online, things will get done and you will still be able to enjoy your weekends.
  5. Relatives or friends overseas: Start writing Christmas cards for overseas friends and family now, so you’ll be able to send them by the first week of December or even go online and buy them a Christmas decoration this year, which will be even easier.

If you would like to hear these in an interview I did for Chanel 10 News check it out below:

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