Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Festival of Trees Brings Community Together

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 9:42 AM

A blurry Griswold Christmas; maybe as seen through eggnogg goggles.
  • A blurry Griswold Christmas; maybe as seen through eggnogg goggles.

One of my Christmas traditions is judging the trees at the St. Alphonsus Festival of Trees in the Boise Center. For the last three or four years, I have joined a large group of community members willing to donate a little time to judge decorated Christmas trees. Some of the trees are traditional, some are geared specifically at children and yet others stretch the idea of what a Christmas tree should look like in creative and beautiful ways.

Fellow BW staffer Deanna Darr and I teamed up with Meridian Mayor Tammy DeWeerd and Meridian council member David Zaremba to award points to red and white trees; country-themed trees, a tree-bute to the silver screen; a colorful nod to The Wizard of Oz; and one in which Sesame Street's Big Bird served as an adorable, big yellow centerpiece.

The Festival of Trees official opens tonight with the Gala, a formal dinner and decorated-tree auction which 1,000 people are expected to attend.

For more information on the trees or any of the Festival events, visit saintalphonsus.org.

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