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A gold star for John Lewis's Christmas-tree styling services

From decorating masterclasses to a team ready to do the hard work for you, it's easy to ensure yours is the best tree in town

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For many, decorating the Christmas tree is a highlight of the festive season; an activity to be enjoyed on a cosy Sunday at home, accompanied by a glass of mulled wine and a playlist of carols. For others,though, it's a looming chore in an already over-scheduled calendar. Whatever your perspective on this most enduring of traditions, John Lewis has launched a new range of services designed to either enhance or ease the task at hand.

If you fall into the latter category, the department store's "Full festive works" service will fill you with Christmas cheer. After an in-store style-advice appointment or an at-home consultation, a specialist stylist will deliver your chosen tree and decorations and spend two hours making sure it is perfectly positioned and adorned. 

However, if the idea of someone else laying claim to your tree's credentials seems like a missed opportunity for creative expression, there are the store's complimentary "Treetorials". These daily drop-in sessions show how to transform your tree using a story as the starting point, exploring a range of themes – from a traditional English heritage country home to a contemporary Alpine ski chalet or an exotic Shangri-La-inspired adventure. With a vast selection of decorations to choose from in-store, there is no limit to the themes that can be explored.

Available in John Lewis Oxford Street and Peter Jones, Sloane Square; johnlewis.com

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