Christmas Tree Forest displays more than 60 decorated trees

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:13 a.m.

The Christmas Tree Forest at the Yoakum Heritage Museum will host around 60 decorated trees.

The Christmas Tree Forest at the Yoakum Heritage Museum will host around 60 decorated trees.

The Yoakum Heritage Museum will soon fill its rooms with decorated Christmas trees.

Brenda Coleman, museum executive director, said the Christmas Tree Forest will include around 60 trees, each with their own themes.

Twenty-five years ago, together with businesses and other organizations in area, the Yoakum Heritage Museum started what would become a tradition for many.

"It started as a way to give back to the community," Coleman said. "Different groups have volunteered to sponsor a tree and decorate it with whatever they want."

Over the years, the themes have included the military, sewing, leather, among others, Coleman said.

Jenny Heller, volunteer Christmas coordinator, has been a part of the Christmas Tree Forest since it started. She has seen so many different trees in the museum that it's hard for her to choose just one favorite. But one thing she was certain of was that the children who come through the museum love it.

"They're just overwhelmed every year with seeing Santa Claus hanging on the walls or on a tree," she said.

Because this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Christmas Tree Forest, Heller is excited to see what the tree decorated by the museum volunteers looks like after they finish decorating it.

"There's going to be a lot of silver, white and icy and frosty blues. It's going to be fabulous," she said.

Each year, the museum volunteers sponsor a tree that stands at the front of the museum and is the first tree the visitors see. The theme of this year's volunteer tree is "silver bells and sleighs."

"It's gonna be pretty spectacular," Coleman agreed about the volunteer tree.

The Christmas Tree Forest will be on display from Nov. 17 through Jan. 7, and will be open regular hours of the museum.



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