Holiday Tree Celebrates the Season and 2016
Prince George, B.C. – The ‘Holiday Tree’ in Cottonwood Island Park is once again adorned in decorations, this time to mark Christmas, and to note the events of 2016.
The tree, which has been decorated to mark special occasions, stands next to the original holiday tree which was vandalized last month, stripped of its branches. Help from friends saw a new tree planted next to the original and the decorating tradition continues.
On the remains of the former tree is a special note, which shares photos of all the decorations that had been placed on the original tree throughout 2016 and this message:
“2016 has gone by quickly. It has given us many good memories and some that we will struggle to forget as the new year roars into view. This park and the trails that we walk almost every day, is filled with the wonder that comes with living in Prince George. We enjoy walking the trails with our friends, looking for the carvings etched into the bark of the Cottonwood trees by Elmer Gunderson and the little ‘Sprite Villages’ that appeared nestled amongst the roots of the towering trees. The kindness of our citizens as they held out a hand of bird seed for visiting chick-a-dee or offer a squirrel a peanut, brought a smile to passers-by and a rekindling of faith in humankind. Prince George is a warm and caring city as was also evidenced by the replacement of ‘the’ tree. It warms our hearts to know that so many cared about a little decorated tree tucked off the trail waiting to bring a smile to the faces of the children and…yes…to adults as well. Words of encouragement given to us at the times when we were caught red handed decorating or mourning over decorations that were lost are stored away in our hearts as ‘warm fuzzies’. Thank you Prince George for allowing us to be part of your lives and I hope bring a smile to a maybe ‘not-so’-nice’ day. Moving forward into 2017, it is our wish that everyone is able to turn their lemons into lemonade. Thank you Prince George – You Rock!!”
I would echo all the sentiments in that letter except for the parts about humans feeding wild animals. It’s a bad idea and may do more harm than good, irregardless of how it makes you feel.
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