The annual Avenue of Trees is a community project where schools, businesses, clubs and groups decorate a Christmas Tree. These are on display at the Salvation Army Hall and I went along to check them out. The cost of entry was a donation for the Food Bank, and I was given a voting slip for People’s Choice. The hall looked amazing, and I was keen to see the tree decorated by a member of my quilt group, Town and Country Quilters. And there it was, “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” looking gorgeous, and decorated in a heavenly host of angels.
Entry from my quilt guild, Town and Country Quilters
The themes were quite varied and they were all a delight to see. “Dutch” was festooned with little clogs and blue and white Delft style ornaments. Levin Arts and Crafts chose the theme of New Zealand Summer Christmas and was full of decorated jandals , shells and starfish, and the Lindt tree was a chocolate lover’s heaven.
Trees decorated by Levin Dutch Coffee Morning, Levin Arts and Crafts, and Lindt NZ
Another tree with a difference was the “Christmas Cookie Tree” decorated by the Horowhenua District Council. All the cookies were baked and decorated by staff in their own time, we were told, not during work hours. As I left the hall I was presented with a cookie to take home, and when I asked nicely, they kindly gave me another for hubby as well.
Council Cookie Tree
To enjoy at home
The Salvation Army Band was playing Christmas Carols outside, always nice to stop a while and listen.
Each year our local community newspaper prints a list of homes decorated for Christmas. One “not to miss” we were told, was down at the sleepy little village of Waikawa Beach. On arrival, the first thing we saw was this huge “tree” glowing in the dark. We watched as the helicopter went on it’s way, Santa climbed a ladder, a skier on the slopes, elves loading Santa’s sleigh, and a little alien popped out of a spaceship. There were things happening everywhere!
Fancy lights at this home
All these fancy lights make our few strings hung outside around the patio look rather paltry indeed. But never mind, we didn’t set out to impress anyone, just add a little twinkle to the evening. One thing I do rather like is my snowy village scene which gets put out each year and twinkles and sparkles. Why do I like it – especially as I live here in New Zealand where Christmas is celebrated in Summer? Must be the English and Scots blood in my veins from generations ago. Like most Kiwis, I would love to experience a White Christmas one year.
My snowy village scene