Today is the day the Gateway Center in Collinsville will be filled with Christmas trees waiting to be decorated ahead of tomorrow night's annual Festival of Trees event. Each tree is decorated by individual civic organizations with a specific theme and then auctioned off during the festival. The money raised goes to the non profit organization which chairs the current year's event. The evening features music, food, drinks, candlelight and many people dressed in holiday clothes.
I've been a part of this for years as a member of Collinsville Progress and it's a fun day, but with the codicil that it is a lot of work to make the tree worthy of standing with all the other beautiful trees. Honestly it takes hours and hours to complete the tree, much different than our tree at home which I do as fast as I can.