Saturday, December 5, 2009

Day 4--Festival of Trees

According to the Festival of Trees website, the Salt Lake City Festival of Trees was the very first one of it's kind 39 years ago. It has been copied many times throughout the United States and Canada. However, the Salt Lake City Festival of Trees remains the "granddaddy" of them all.

There were over 800 trees (and yes, we pushed through all the crowds and managed to see them all!), gingerbread houses, Santa, dancers/singers, wreaths, goodies, decorations, playhouses, etc. And the best thing about this event is everything is donated for the purpose of raising money for families in need at our local children's hospital. Many of the trees are decorated and donated in honor of someone. My favorite part is reading the stories behind each tree. Last year this event raised $1.5 million for the hospital which is amazing!!!

"UP" Gingerbread house. We are gonna try to copy this for our family gingerbread house this year. The balloons are made out of lollipops.

Mandatory Family Picture

Aunt Rae, Matisse and Nixon joined us too, after almost an hour of looking for a parking spot.

Shrek tree

Standing in front of a Cobra or something.

But the best part of the night was when we were on our way out and the kids decided to make the exhibit hall their dance floor.

P.S. I took a lot of heat for the "volcano-top" on my tree but was happy to see lots of volcano trees at the festival. And I still think our tree is the cutest!


Grandma Bethany said...

Goodness, those kids (and Gavin) can really bring out the Christmas cheer with their dancing! Loved watching especially Morgan and Mia! Great fun!

Emily said...

We didn't make the Festival of Trees this year. Usually my girls are dancing, so I have an even better excuse to get there. No dancers this year. Speaking of dancers... your family did fabulous!!

DKAZ said...

Nice footwork people! I especially liked Morgan's floor work...some of those moves her Mama taught her I'm sure! And Gavin! What a dancer he turned out to be. Looked fun guys! I feel like you're smiling right at me in the family picture-sbfF!

Grandma Bethany said...

On second thought after seeing the video again, I have to give Griffin an award too. Love how he kept with the moves and pulling his pants up at the same time!

Kristin said...

Good to see you at the the United Angels party. We hit the festival of trees this afternoon, too. But we didn't make it down every row. I liked the 'volcano tops' too!

Sophie said...

like this makes me WAY excited to babysit these cute kids in a couple weeks.

ohhh and Gavins dancing is classsssicc. haha