Looking for ideas for your tree – or just to bolster your Christmas spirit? St Edmund’s Church in Sedgefield recently hosted the village’s Christmas Tree Festival. The theme this year was a Christmas Carol and there were 47 trees in total. Many local groups contributed as did many of the local businesses.
The Guides and Brownies selected ‘Silent Night’ – which seemed a simple choice until the decorations were needed. I spent a pleasant afternoon with the Trefoil guild making Moonbeams to hang and despite the glue this was the easy part (I dislike Glue intensely – sticky fingers, yuk!). The Guides and Brownies made a good job producing the stars and angels.
It contrasted well with its neighbour ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ which was designed and decorated by the Methodist Church. Grey/white décor and unlit, it certainly encouraged a sombre moment.
Imagination was shown by some of the groups relating a carol to their equipment and/or focus. The Squash Club ‘decked the balls with boughs of holly’ and very pretty they looked. Best use of a squash ball if you ask me ?
The Physiotherapy themed their tree ‘Jingle Bones’ and the Handbell Ringers choose ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’. A local business ‘Right Lines Communications’ decorated their tree with Christmas Greetings in 25 languages representing ‘Joy to the World’
The local library made many small images of the book ‘A Christmas Carol’ in its many editions and also made angels out of old books to sit at the base
St Edmund’s Choir decorated the front porch with self-portraits (I think ?)
As always, my photographs do not do it justice.