Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of December 11, 2006
CWL puts Christ at centre of its tree
Religious motif unique among displays at Festival of Trees
By BILL GLEN
"We wanted to have something like this in a secular environment."
- Natalie Rose
"We thought the symbols represented some aspects of heaven. Peace, joy and love are all of the emotions we will feel when we get to heaven. To have Scripture on the ribbon was unique and a lot of people pointed that out," Rose said.
Having the Christian tree was very positive, Lucas said.
"I heard one person say 'Isn't this gorgeous? Isn't this what we remember Christmas as?' Another made the comment: 'It is sad to the point of tears that there was only one tree like that.'"
To symbolize the CWL the predominant colours on the tree were white, gold and blue. Ornaments made reference to Jesus and Mary. A gold ribbon was draped around the tree carrying biblical messages from both the Old and New Testaments.
The padded skirt at the base of the tree was a striking decoration, with a large cross and golden maple leaves.
An auction was held Nov. 29 where every tree was sold. The festival opened to the public the following day. Funds raised will support the purchase of medical equipment for three specialized intensive care units at the U of A Hospital. It is the festival's policy not to disclose what a particular tree or decoration sold for.
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