OK, I might have bought a 'fake' tree ... but at least it's green

Jackie French
Updated December 5 2023 - 12:31pm, first published December 3 2023 - 5:00am

Mid-winter festivals have been common across the northern hemisphere for tens of thousands of years, with residents festooning their homes with greenery and lighting fires and lights to drive away the winter glooms.

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Jackie French

Jackie French

Canberra Times columnist

Jackie French is an Australian author, historian, ecologist and honourary wombat (part time), 2014-2015 Australian Children' Laureate and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. She also writes a gardening column for The Canberra Times.

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