Festival of Trees is a fundraiser for Primary Children’s Hospital. It is an event where people decorate and donate a Christmas tree, which the Festival sells, and all of the money goes to Primary Children’s Hospital. People donate beautiful quilts, wreaths, centerpieces and gingerbread houses which are also sold. The event takes place the Monday-Saturday after Thanksgiving.
This year we donated a tree. We named our tree “For the Love”. That phrase can be a cheeky expression, BUT this time it represented all the love and effort that went into it.
When I use the word “we”, there is a whole lot of “WE” that went into making the tree happen. Friends and family that contributed their talents or donated in one way or another include: Jenn J., Laura, Heather, Andrea, Shelby, Liz, Kindra, Deb, Lynette, Whittney, Jenn, Amy, Dawn, Laurie, Teri, Martin, Louise, Jeff, Claire, Megan, Erik, Kristen, Heidi, Linda, Merilyn, LaKay, Terrie, Cindy, Dave & Dawn.
There were quite a few handmade elements. Felt embroidered ornaments, jute wrapped balls, moss sticks, hand felted wool fairies and blue eggs, the tree skirt, to the dogwood branch star that my Dad made. We created a display with tree stumps, lanterns, a toboggan and a gift basket themed after the book, "The Mitten," by Jan Brett.
Oh let me just show you :)
|The flame in the candle looks real, but it isn't.|
I will be honest. That Monday after Thanksgiving when we finally set up the tree… I never wanted to see another tree in my life. Never. Well two days later I found myself thinking, “Hmm, if we did a tree next year what would it look like?”