Festival of Trees

Today was our 5th annual visit to the Festival of Trees for Providence Hospital at the Tulalip Casino in Marysville Washington. They have a beautiful display of Christmas Trees. Some filled with toys to give to children at the hospital but most of them are available for auction at their Gala. Each tree is decorated with gorgeous ornaments.

This is our favorite tree with the Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer theme. It is impressive to have a life size Abominable Snow Monster. My toddler would not go near it but she wouldn’t visit with the life size bear either.

This is Providence General Foundation’s 33rd annual benefit for Providence Children’s Services. I am always impressed by the attention to detail this foundation puts into their trees and experience. For more info, check out Providence’s website here.

2018 Festival Week Schedule

All events are held at the Tulalip Resort.

  • Opening Night and Silent Auction
    Tuesday, November 27, 2018 
    6:00 p.m.
  • Free Community Open House
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018 
    1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    Free event no registration needed
  • Gala Dinner and Live Auction
    Friday, November 30, 2018 
    6:00 p.m.
  • Teddy Bear Breakfast
    Saturday, December 1, 2018
    8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Volunteers are needed for the weeklong series of Festival events. If you are interested in lending your time and talent next year, please email them at pgfevents@providence.org  They would love to hear from you!

Miniature Dickens Village

Today we set up our Dickens Christmas Carol Village. The tradition begins with watching the Mickey’s A Christmas Carol with kind and humble Mickey as Jim Cratchet and Uncle Scrooge as Scrooge. For more about the movie, check it out on Amazon: Mickey’s Christmas Carol. If you are looking for other Christmas Carol stories, we really enjoy the My Little Pony version which has an age 5+ rating by Common Sense Media while Mickey’s version is age 4+. Both great options for preschoolers.

A cup of hot (or warm) coco, a cozy pair of socks/slippers, phone down and two kids snuggled on each side is heaven. Look out for coco spills otherwise this moment brings joy to my heart. Priceless family time.

My husband and I have collected one house every year since we got married. This year’s addition is Department 56 Christmas Carol Dickens Village From Fezziwig’s Holiday Dance House. It is cute with a hopeful Scrooge and Belle in the window. After setting up the houses and getting the kids to place the trees and people without breaking anything, I flipped the switch and our new house didn’t light up. I almost tore the whole display apart when I remembered to turn the switch on the cord.

Photo courtesy of Amazon.com

It is fun building the village together. Each house has a story like Scrooge’s house or the counting house. For example this year, I reminded the kids of the scene with Scrooge and Belle at the party and how happy the couple was. I hope my kids can see the relation between the movie and our village; maybe in a couple of years.

I do have to say beware the houses have small pieces not suitable for a toddler but the trees are big enough for her to put out. She is so happy to help right now and I’m happy to let her try. Our village is in the tv hole above the fireplace well out of reach of the kids.

I’d love to hear about your family traditions. Send me a comment or email. Happy Holidays!

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