Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Our Tree Sings

Ordinary Lives. JollyDaze meme

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A meme for us to enjoy the holidays with.
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Our church is special.
No, don't roll your eyes at me.
We've been blessed with lots of great musical talent--generations of it. So, for over 25 years our church has done a living Christmas tree. Each August the work begins and by the time the Thanksgiving dishes are put away, we're ready (or not) to set up the enormous Christmas tree structure on the platform and choir loft. It's the 'risers' the choir sings from. There's a million lights on the tree (and I don't think I'm exaggerating much at all!!) and the lights are co-ordinated with the music.
**All of today's pictures are taken by my friend Nancy Clark. Thanks, Nancy!!

The tree is a very snug fit and there are boxes for ladies to stand on so they can see. A couple of my friends (on boxes). *wink*


Like all Christmas programs, the Christmas story is told, sung, and acted out.


This year's addition was telling the story through the first few years of Jesus' life and included the wisemen's gifts. Another church friend made these costumes. From scratch and no patterns. They are stunning!

What's a Christmas program without children? This year they were dressed as children around the world.






Everything about the Living Christmas tree points to the most important thing about Christmas--Jesus. His coming to earth as a baby all the way through to the very reason He came: to die on the cross for our sins. For my sins. It was through His death on that cross and His resurrection from the grave that He offers us salvation. His gift is free to all.

(Okay, so this one picture is mine, but all the rest are Nancy's. *wink*)

After the presentation, it takes time, lots of time, for people to climb down out of the tree. Lots of people. Lots of little stairs. Very narrow spaces. One tremendous message.

So tell me, how does your church celebrate Christmas?

For another post, and more pictures of our living Christmas tree, just a different year, scroll down to the next post: It's the Clothes.

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8 comments:

  1. I love living Christmas trees. My church did huge cantatas for Christmas and Easter every year. So miss doing them. But we've been going to a new church and they did an amazing musical this year! Hope I get to join in next year!

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  2. I've only once saw a living Christmas tree, Really neat! How fun to be a part of one.

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  3. You do indeed have a special Church. A wonderful reflection of the season and reason we choose to celebrate our Savior's birth. Merry Christmas! Love you!

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  4. That sounds like fun!

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  5. That is so cool! I'd love to see that someday.
    Diana
    www.pencildancer.com

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  6. I LLLOOVVVVEEE that you post about this each Christmas, cuz I think it is INCREDIBLY beautiful. Would love to see one some time.

    All three churches I have attended have had Christmas eve services, but we've never made it because of our family's Christmas eve thing.

    GREAT meme!

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  7. I'd love to see/hear one of those someday. Our whole church wouldn't take up one tier of your tree, probably, let alone have an audience left over!

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  8. I love living Christmas trees. My church did huge cantatas for Christmas and Easter every year. So miss doing them.

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