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December 12, 2013

Christmas trees keep Buttonwoods merry


Family Day will usher in Saturday’s agenda with Minnie and Mickey teaming up with Santa. Crafts all day, classic holiday movie and a tour of the Duncan House.

Sunday’s closing will feature the Pentucket Regional School Choral Group from West Newbury and caroling from noon to 5 p.m.

Last chance to purchase a raffle ticket for a tree. Pay a slight admission, take a chance, and you could be driving home with an elegant showpiece. The drawing will take place Sunday.

I, too, was blown away by the diversity. These are not your average trees. There’s one titled “Give a Hoot for Christmas,” festooned with owls done by Millvale Folk Art. They’ve been aboard all dozen years. Ladies of St. Anne, All Saints Parish, wish you “a blessed Christmas” with their offering.

Particularly impressive was one from the Firefighters Museum, complete with gifts, showing nostalgic apparatus. And another featuring an Irish tree, prominent with artifacts promoting this ethnic heritage.

Newly-elected City Councilor Melinda Barrett, a board member, came through once again with a tree symbolizing “The Magic of Red and White,” featuring snowmen and snowflakes accented by red bulbs.

Kudos to Tara Early and her “twinkling lights for autism.” Beautifully done for a worthwhile cause, Tara!

And in honor of her first grandchild, Marilyn Spitalere (Tom’s mother) unveiled a tree decorated with stuffed animals, butterflies and lollipops.

There’s even a garden tree, complete with tools, seeds and all else required for a “green Christmas.”

No one did a Red Sox tree commemorating this year’s World Series title as was the case in 2004. But trust me, there’s no shortage of home runs in this ballpark.

Yes, at the Buttonwoods consideration is given to the most creative, but you — the public — gets to choose, not a panel of judges. It’s all for bragging rights.

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