Photograph By Association Française du Sapin de Noël Naturel
This is the magnicifient 11 metre high tree that is on its way today from the Morvan National Regional Park in Burgundy to the bright lights of Paris to be proudly displayed at the Elysee Palace.
The sale and export of Christmas trees is a very important source of revenue for our region.
The sheer scale of the forests here in the Morvan is impressive, acres and acres of trees - spruce, fir, beech, birch and oak. Tall cathedrals of spruce and pine grow up everywhere but particularly high around Haut Folin, the ski area.
Forestry is the only real industry in the parc. Many of the coniferous forests are totally commercial, nothing is wasted, from the young saplings that are sold as Christmas trees to the full grown trees sold for timber.
The massive numbers of trees producing vast quantities of oxygen contributes to the Morvan's reputation for having the cleanest air in Europe. The forests also provide a home for all the wildlife;birds deer and wild boar.
Saulieu, the gateway to the Morvan, holds an annual Fetes du Sapins to celebrate fir trees. This year on the 14 and 15 December, a big "la Veillee morvandelle" - a typical regional party - is promised. There will be a craft market, workshops, a show for kids, trees decorated by artists, shows and of, course, wine tasting.
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!!