Every year for the past 40, hundreds and hundreds of donors buy and decorate Christmas trees, wreaths, make center pieces, and other random things to be sold or auctioned at this humongous event. This year, money raised goes to the Primary Children's Medical Center. My previous roommate Rachel invited me and it turned out to be a lot of fun!
The first thing we heard when we walked into the expo center was the children's choirs singing Christmas songs. There were two stages at opposite ends of the building. We watched choirs and dance performances to break up the 2 hours of walking we did... Which didn't even allow us to see half the trees!
First we checked out the gingerbread houses! This one was ridiculous! I don't even want to imagine how long it took to make. That's Santa Claus at the front on a 4-wheeler. Ha. There were so many other amazing ones but my camera was low on battery power. :(
This is one of my favorite "Christmas trees"! The wave effect was created by bending over 4 Christmas trees. I didn't get it in the picture but to the right there was the funniest snorkeling elf. I also like the flippers coming out of the wave.
Many of the trees were donated and decorated by companies, and most of them came with a crazy amount of extra stuff! Instant Christmas in terms of decorations and gifts! Jet Blue had a cool tree too, but the coolest thing was that buying it also bought you 2 tickets to anywhere! I'm guessing that one sold pretty fast!
I think this is my favorite, most bizarre thing. It's a puzzle of a house that someone has taken parts out of, and stuck pictures of Christ underneath. The sentence underneath reads:
"Pictures of Christ around the home make it brighter."
Yep, I couldn't help but giggle. A lot.
Here, Santa is featured driving an Elf around in a carriage. I like it, it's fresh. I am especially glad that Santa is the designated driver, because that Elf looked suspiciously high!
Good times! Thanks for inviting me, Rach!