Dec
2013

Festival of Trees

I took one last girls trip this year up to Utah to see my sisters and go to the Festival of Trees.  This is one of my favorite things to go to.  Every year companies and individuals make all kinds of themed Christmas trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses, quilts, etc. to donate to the festival.  The festival then displays all of the trees and has a bidding on them the first Tuesday of December.  This is the most fun day to go!  The money donated all goes to Primary Children’s Hospital.  On the first weekend of the month you can go and see all of the trees and items that were made that year.  My sister made a “Bee-True” tree with her beehive class.  It was so cute and fun to see.  There are always so many unique and creative trees that stand out.  It’s overwhelming.  There are so many rows and rows of trees it is impossible to see or remember them all.  Perhaps, the best part of the night is that so many of the trees get donated and made in memory of someone.  The stories and pictures of these people are attached so as you walk by you can read all about that person and their spirit.  In many cases, the trees are made showing that persons favorite hobby or talent or dreams they had.  There is such a sweet spirit there and you can’t help but feel the true meaning of Christmas and the spirit of giving!

 My sister’s “Bee-True” tree
 
 A tree full of more beanie babies than I’ve ever seen.
 I loved the ice skates.
 At least two trees were made from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” movie.  Loved it!
  
This tree has a train track that goes through the middle of it.  So Cool!
 
 Mickey Mouse’s tree and friends.  The playhouse goes with in.  Notice the roof and how it’s made of Mickey ears. 
 This is a whole bedroom set.  Everything with or under the trees are always sold with the trees unless otherwise indicated.
 This is our family tree.  Our family plays more cards than anyone!
 More Disney trees
 I loved this wreath and decorations.
 Brooke and Dani would love me to bring this tree and items home to them.  🙂

Grinch tree, tilted and everything.  Ha ha!
 There’s even baseball trees that reminded me of Matt!
 Golf too!    If you can think if or dream it… it’s probably there!
The largest gingerbread house I’ve ever seen.  It was so cool  They had it on s spinning turntable so it would turn and you could stay in the same spot and see it from all of the different angles.
The quilt section reminded me of my MIL, Elizabeth.  She would love this part!
Downtown Salt Lake at City Creek.

 Tree in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building

 It was so cold and snowed a lot while I was there.
I love visiting Utah.  It is so pretty, but I love the heat and I love that I live in Arizona.  🙂
Salt Lake skyline.  I love the mountains!

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