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Christmas Tree Festival

by greenrabbitdesigns

tree fest 1

This beautiful country church is the church where my husband and I were married in 1981, it’s the one where my parents were married way back in 1944 and it’s the one where my daughter and her fiance will be married next year in 2013! There have been many family weddings, christenings (including my children, myself and my mother) and sadly funeral services held here over the years. It’s a special place for all my family.

It is a very beautiful old building but last weekend it became (if possible) even more so when it hosted a Christmas Tree Festival.

There were over 70 trees within it’s walls decorated by local businesses, individuals, organisations and local schools, each being given a brief and then left to their own imaginations how they would interpret it.

It was absolutely amazing with people queuing over the four days to get in to see it, many people returning for a second time to take it all in.

I thought I would share some of it with you, just so you can see some of the many trees, if I were show them all it would be a very long post.

rainbow tree
Rainbow Tree

perfume tree
Perfume Tree

The following trees were all decorated by local children from primary schools, playgroups etc.

animal tree bethlehem tree
Animal Tree & Bethlehem Tree
butterfly tree nativity tree
Butterfly Tree & Nativity Tree
star tree ewe tree
Star Tree & Ewe Tree

Now some of the more unusual trees……

upside down tree knitted tree
Upside Down Tree & Knitted Tree
spreding the word cushion tree
Spreading the Word Tree & Cushion Tree

So just a little taster of the Christmas Tree Festival, there were so many more beautiful and clever trees.


Now this tree, the Gabriel Tree was a little bit special to me as I contributed a decoration to it!


This is my little angel!


She’s singing! 🙂

tree fest 3

This was the last tree you passed on the way out, actually there were three of them and everyone was asked to write a little note and tie it on the tree before they left.

It was an extremely successful event and thanks to the very generous donations made a lot of money was raised for the upkeep of this lovely building.

With the exception of the Gabriel Tree and my angel photos all the photos in this post belong to my hubbie, his all singing, all dancing camera is much more suited to these occasions than my little point and shoot!

church at night

Before I leave you just a reminder that my giveaway is still on until midnight tomorrow (Thurs 6/12/12), you can leave a comment here to enter.

Happy Wednesday everyone, the Christmas decorations are coming out tonight! 🙂

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jooles December 5, 2012 - 7:05 pm

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful church. The trees are so gorgeous individually but to see them altoghter, WOW!
your angel is the cutest :o)
love jooles x

Ann December 5, 2012 - 7:21 pm

How beautiful all the different trees. Your little angel is really sweet. It is also lovely that the church has been your family church over the generations, a very special place. I really enjoy your blogs. Have a good week x

Jane December 5, 2012 - 7:51 pm

What a beautiful event Vivienne, I would love to have seen it. The trees are all so wonderful, one of my favourites is that sweet Bethlehem tree. Well done to Hb with his expert camera, he really has brought the event to life. How special is your family history at your church with a special wedding for you next year. Thanks for sharing the Tree festival , I really enjoyed it. Your angel wins best in show for me ;0)
Jane x

Marigold Jam December 5, 2012 - 8:00 pm

What a lovely idea – I loved the knitted tree with the knitting needles poking out at the end of the branches! Just goes to show a Christmas tree can be just however you want it to be doesn’t it? Your little angel is very cute.

Patty December 5, 2012 - 8:11 pm

Well this is something new to me, I haven’t seen a Christmas tree festival before but isn’t it a wonderful idea. I can see this is a very special church and it’s brilliant the way people & children have let their imagination run wild over the humble tree.
I really like the butterfly tree, but also the knitted & cushion tree and I think your angel is super. Such a lovely event. Have fun with the trimmings tonight! x

Susan House December 5, 2012 - 8:49 pm

Beautiful! The Methodist Church, here in Ely, had a Christmas Tree festival a couple of weeks ago but not on the grand style of yours but still beautiful.

Margaret December 5, 2012 - 10:07 pm

What a beautiful church. The tree display is stunning and how I would like to read some of the messages on the tree with all the message tags.
Your little angel is gorgeous.

Robin December 5, 2012 - 10:47 pm

I so enjoyed this post. The trees were beautiful and your church is amazingly beautiful! What a special place to have with so many joyous occasions and yes, funerals too. I love the last picture of the church in the evening. Thanks for sharing, xoRobin❤
Your singing angels is just so sweet and perfect for that tree!

Mia December 6, 2012 - 7:41 am

Wonderful post, Vivienne! I love Christmas-trees, and it was so great to see them all decorated differently! And a knitted-one too! Your little singing-angel is the sweetest!

I wish you a wonderful day and many very warm wishes from cold (it’s -22c this morning!) Finland!


leon10 December 6, 2012 - 9:59 am

wow such a beautiful post what a lovely pretty trees in a cosy little church the angel tree is verry cute and pretty and a bit fluffy but so nice but like the rainbow tree also its something different than the others have a lovely day leon10

Gina December 6, 2012 - 3:59 pm

What stunning trees and in such a beautiful church. Love the rainbow tree and perfume tree but it would be hard to pick a favourite.

simone December 6, 2012 - 5:33 pm

What a beautiful Christmas tree festival! I have never heard of anything else like it! It must be so special to see all those imaginatively decorated trees and to be part of decorating them. Your angel is gorgeous and should be perched atop the tree! x

simone December 6, 2012 - 5:35 pm

………..just noticed the santa hat on your Green Rabbit logo. A nice festive touch! x

Liz in Missouri, USA December 6, 2012 - 6:34 pm

What a beautiful church – and such memories it holds for your family. The trees (and especially your sweet angel) are wonderful. It must smell divine in the sanctuary. Don’t you just love this time of year?

Helen Philipps December 7, 2012 - 1:09 pm

What a beautiful church and wonderful Christmas trees! I loved seeing so many creative ideas for tree decorating! It must have been such a fantastic atmosphere there, especially as the church has so many special associations for your family.Your little angel is very cute. Wishing you a wonderful festive weekend, Vivienne.
Helen x

Anne December 7, 2012 - 1:49 pm

What a wonderful post!! Thanks Vivienne and Mr B for sharing your family’s church and all of these amazing trees. I love the white decorations and your little angel.
Thanks for sharing with all of us.

Happy December,

Kate December 7, 2012 - 3:29 pm

Now if that post didn’t get anyone into the Christmas spirit then nothing could. What a beautiful spectacle and I bet the smell was heavenly (excuse the pun)! Your little angel is o pretty, I love her perfect face.
Keep warm and well Vivienne
Kate xox

Susan December 7, 2012 - 8:00 pm

Good evening Vivienne….Oh my goodness, such a lovely post and such beautiful Xmas trees…Your angel is adorable and now I’m completely inspired to decorate my own tree tomorrow!
Hope you have a lovely weekend,
Susan x

Victoria December 7, 2012 - 10:35 pm

How wonderful! I don’t think I have ever heard of a Christmas tree festival before. There were some amazing trees – the work and imagination that must have gone into them…
Hope you have a great weekend. x

thelinencat December 13, 2012 - 7:49 pm

Hi Vivienne, how did I get so behind with reading your posts? I know why, because I’ve had the bloomin’ flu again, I even missed a giveaway 😉 Congratulations on your 300th post and thank you for sharing such beautiful photos of your local church with it’s wonderful trees – I feel inspired to get my pj clad bum of the sofa and get this house festive over the weekend. Lovely singing angel 🙂 Bethx

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