Saturday, December 7, 2013

Festival of Trees Continued December 7, 2013

Riverton, Utah High 25 Low 12

This morning we woke up to a snow storm. It snowed most of the day and with the wind, it was very cold outside. We probably got 4 inches of powdery snow before it finally quit.

More about the Festival of Trees.

Each tree has a story about what it meant to the ones doing the decorating. Many had pictures of loved ones that had pass on, and from all the sold signs, the Childrens Hospital got good support from the community and various businesses.

The following is from the web site for the foundation:

"Every penny raised helps children at Primary Children’s Hospital.


For 43 years, the Festival of Trees has been a “Gift of Love” to children. The Festival is organized by a volunteer board of 85 women who enlist time and talents from thousands of individuals, organizations, businesses, and families throughout Utah and beyond.  Over $33 million has been raised for children at Primary Children’s Hospital through the Festival since 1971, with $1,871,546.91 raised last year.

Over 700 Christmas Trees: Beautiful, whimsical, contemporary, and traditional! Trees are decorated and donated by church groups, families, individuals, businesses, civic organizations, and clubs.

Playhouse Plaza: Child-sized dream houses, dollhouses, rocking horses, children's furniture, and other unique items.

Friendship Cards: Handmade Christmas cards to purchase and inscribe in honor of someone special.

Sweet Shoppe: Fudge, divinity, caramel apples, chocolates, and a variety of baked goods.

Gift Boutique: A shop filled with a variety of items, many of which are handcrafted such as quilts, toys, baby gifts, note cards, Christmas d├ęcor, jewelry, articles for kitchen and home, neighbor gifts, and so much more!

Centerpieces and Collectibles: Centerpieces, table and mantel decorations, and unique artwork.

Aisle of Wreaths: Wreaths for the holidays and all seasons, door and mantel decorations, and outdoor displays.

Quilt Block: Beautifully made quilts in a variety of patterns, colors, and sizes."

And there was a lot more. It seemed to me that it was all for a good cause.

Below are some of the trees and decorations we saw, plus there was almost continuous entertainment on one of the two stages: 

This is from their web site.


This is one of the few that weren't yet sold.

This tells what ingredients went into making the gingerbread house.
The kids seemed to like Despicable Me gingerbread house.

You can see the picture of their departed child.

This tells the story of the above tree and about their own lost boy.
We liked the Mickey playhouse with the Mickey Mouse shingles.

Winnie the Pooh tree.

Thanks for visiting.

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