This Christmas is a special Christmas in my community. I live in a small rural town, and there's not much for people to do in town. The town came together a few years ago to turn an old school in to a community center, but it didn't come to fruition. Last September, a few members of the community came together and bought an office building for the community to use for special events, education, and having fun. The entire town is excited to have martial arts, dance classes, and homeschool classes without driving a long distance. When Christmas Tree Market asked me to set up a tree in my community, I knew the new community center would be perfect.
Not all of the activities have started at the community center, but there are still people in the building either helping with last minute preparations, moving in to their offices, or learning about what we have to offer. Everyone that comes in enters through one entrance and has to be buzzed in to the building, so I set up the tree in the reception area. I chose the 7.5' Ticonderoga Pencil Tree so it would fit in small spaces.
I hung an 8x10 sign on the wall instead of the usual log in sheet, so you can get an idea of the size of the tree. It's not very wide, so it's perfect for small spaces.
I didn't apply and get approved for the Christmas in the Community campaign until December, so I didn't have a lot of time to prep for my tree this year. I decided to keep it simple with red, green, and gold ornaments. Since the community center will focus on children in the community, I decided to add a Santa inspired bow at the top and add candy canes for the kids to enjoy. Next year, I hope to create some ornaments and organize a toy drive for children in our community.
I'd like to thank Christmas Tree Market for providing the tree; I was not compensated for this post.