Now it might have been one of the warmest October days we've had for a long time. But Christmas tree growers from across the country have been gathering at Rolvenden in Kent, to compete for the award for best Christmas tree in the country.
We went along to meet them - and see what makes for a good tree. And how the market's likely to be this year.
And as John Ryall found out - a trip to Downing Street was the prize for the top grower.
Police are investigating after a couple in their 60s were held up and robbed by three masked men in their home in Rolvenden last Wednesday.
The balaclava-wearing gang let themselves in through an unlocked door and took cash, a purse, a wallet and mobile phones.
The men had Irish accents and were wearing dark gloves as well as balaclavas.
Police officers have carried out house-to-house inquiries and the investigation continues.
Anyone with information should contact police on 01843 222289, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting reference ZY/37979/14.
After the terrible storms which have battered the South East the phone and internet lines are still down in some rural areas, such as Rolvenden Layne in Kent. For some - who run a business from home or who have medical needs, it's a serious issue.
David Johns spoke to residents Gill Pooley and Rodney Lonsdale.
Almost every home that lost power in the storms across the South East has now been reconnected. But for many it's meant a Christmas of misery and waiting for repairs. David Johns has visited one couple, Gill and Ian Pooley, who've been without electricity for eight days.