It’s a heart warming Muskoka Christmas Tradition and it’s continuing this year.
This coming Sunday, December 3rd is the first Sunday in Advent and thus the “official” beginning of the Christmas season.
At 4:30pm there will be a brief event to celebrate the Lighting of the Tree in the churchyard at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in the Village of Vankoughnet.
The event is timed so that it will be just dark enough to light the tree at the end of a brief ceremony – about half an hour from beginning to end, including time to chat with friends.
Beginning next Sunday, the “Tree of Lights” will be lit every evening at sundown throughout the Christmas season. The tree is lit with white lights (in remembrance) and blue lights (in honour) of those who you chose to recognize by a donation of $5 per name.
All monies collected will be divided equally between two local charities at the conclusion of the campaign just before Christmas Eve.
The charities chosen are Interval House (a Bracebridge shelter for abused women and their children) and Out of the Cold (a multi service coalition to provide food and warmth for those in need during the winter months).
The “Tree of Lights” program is a joint initiative of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church and St. David’s Presbyterian Church in Vankoughnet.
Should you wish to purchase a symbolic bulb for the tree in memory of a loved one or in honour of someone special, you may do so by contacting one of the following: Joanne Sutton 705-645-9363 firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Milne 705-646 -0248 email@example.com or Patti Thompson 705-645-0037 firstname.lastname@example.org
The names of those you have chosen to remember will be recognized during the Christmas Eve service at St. David’s 7:30pm