Scenes of Christmas: The Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge

The American Tobacco District in Durham, NC, sparkles with Christmas trees—and lots of them!—as part of the 3rd Annual Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge.

A scene from the Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge  (American Tobacco District, Durham NC)

A scene from the Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge (American Tobacco District, Durham NC)

Over sixty trees line the walk in Diamond View Park outside the DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center). The trees were decorated by and represent non-profits around The Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill).

Voting is currently underway (and ending soon!) for the trees that most decoratively display “the non-profit’s message and creativity while still embracing the joy of the season.”[1] Prizes range from $1000 to $5000.

During my recent stroll through the tannenbaums, the following firs caught my eye:

Housing

Left: Durham Arts Council Tree; Right: Community Affordable Housing Equity Corporation Tree

converting_hearts

I love the topper on this tree by Converting Hearts, which is a ministry that was started by graduates of my seminary.

urban_ministries

Come on in!  ‘Lanterns’ made out of soup cans illuminate some of the twinkle lights on this Urban Ministries tree.

toys_for_tots

The Orange County Toys for Tots tree is cute as a button.

genesis_home

The Genesis Home tree is pure gold.

DRM

The Durham Rescue Mission tree colorfully conveys the non-profit’s ministry of hope and help.

angel

An angelic twist: The North Raleigh Ministries Tree

Beautiful, yes?  You can view all of the 2012 trees here.


[1] http://www.triangletreechallenge.com/

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