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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Festival of the Trees For Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity hosts a fundraiser each November called Festival of the Trees at Pennsylvania Place, a local retirement community.  The festivities last the week-end.

Friday evening, guests can purchase tickets for a lovely meal and get first dibs to purchase the beautifully decorated trees.

Individuals and businesses donate the decorated trees, wreaths, and garlands to be sold at the event.  All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.

On Saturday, Santa Claus is present to greet young or young at heart guests.  And, kids get to decorate cookies, make a craft, hear a story and receive a gift, and get their face painted.  Admission is $3 per person.

The creativity behind the decorated Christmas trees is amazing and something we look forward to seeing each year. 

On the way there in the car, we were trying to guess what themed trees we would see.  I wondered about a dinosaur tree.  Sure enough, there was a Dinosaur Train Christmas tree.

Pennsylvania Place is a grand backdrop to this festive event with plenty of space for all the trees.  And, the residents volunteer their time at various locations throughout the week-end.  Grandma Carol lives at Pennsylvania Place and she was working later that day in the Pennsylvania Room.

Those who purchase trees, wreaths, or garlands get to pick them up on Sunday.

There's a holiday store with lovely items to purchase along with a "cookie walk" where guests can select various cookies and other sweet yummies to put in their container.  The price is by the size of the container.  The sweet treats are all donated.

Festival of the Trees is one way we kick off the holiday season.  The boy came home with an ornament in his gift bag and can’t wait to put it on our tree!

And, we even found a bit of Disney at Festival of the Trees with a Christmas tree dedicated to the Disney Princesses.  Check it out:

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