Holiday Tree Mystery Deepens
Prince George, B.C.- It’s a little tree in Cottonwood Island Park in Prince George, and prior to every holiday, or day of celebration, someone has decorated it to mark the day. 250News has shared images of its holiday finery in the past.
The tree has heralded everything from New Year’s, to Christmas, including those days that aren’t ‘holidays’ like graduation and Halloween.
And now, a new chapter.
Last week, the little tree had been adorned with poppies, yellow ribbons, a wreath, and small white crosses which noted a war, and the number of Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice. The decorations were in place leading up to Remembrance Day.
While the mystery decorators always remove the decorations once a special day has passed, they weren’t able to do that last week, as someone had stripped the little tree of its branches. All that was left was a spindly trunk and a few of the decorations strewn on the ground.
(at right, a Remembrance Day wreath on the top of the tree, all that remains of stripped holiday tree)
The reason and those responsible for vandalizing the little tree are as much a mystery as the identity of those who have been decorating it for more than a year.
But this story has a happy ending.
This week, a new tree has been discovered, set in place right next to the site where the ‘holiday’ tree’s remains are standing.
Who put the new tree in place? Well, it wasn’t the City. The City’s Manager of Parks, Sean LeBrun, says the City was definitely not responsible.
The new tree is already showing signs of celebration, as it has been adorned with a few Christmas balls.
As for what’s left of the former ‘holiday tree’, it bears this simple note “Thank you for the words of encouragement”.
(Below, new tree, complete with some Christmas decorations)