We figured we would figure it out when the time came. Well, the time is here and I still don't feel festive. It's actually kind of a relief not to have to drag out the mountain of Christmas decorations we own and then put them away. There are a goodly selection of artificial trees, but not really the size or quality of the artificials we have in the States.
Would we be stuck with a Charlie Brown tree? Would that be so bad, I found that you can actually buy a CB tree now... funny.
Christmas is just not as commercial here as it is at home. And by that I mean there are holiday decorations, but you don't see Pick n Pay dedicating half the floor to Christmas. They have 3 aisles and that's it. They don't have whole temp stores dedicated simply to Christmas and all its commercial glory. The houses aren't bedecked in Griswoldian finery. I haven't seen a blow-up santa on the front lawn yet. Really, if you weren't paying close attention you might miss the fact that it's approaching the holiday of all holidays.
So I've researched our options. These are the "traditional" native tree alternatives.
Geseënde Kersfees! (Merry Christmas in Afrikaans)