Carols in the Park lights up church ministry center in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG, TX (KLTV) – If you want to walk through a forest of decorated Christmas trees, you can. Pittsburg’s First United Methodist Church holds its biennial carols in the park where the trees are decorated with a Christmas carol theme. And maybe the best part is that all 100 trees are inside a building.

Ahh, the great outdoors, which in some ways is enhanced by being indoors. Carols in the Park co-chairs Linda Alford and Mary Collins say their group takes about eight weeks to build the forest, and is funded by giving people and their own pockets.

“This event is free. Some people want to donate occasionally, and we use it for infrastructure if they do. We have people who bring in canned goods. We take them to God’s Closet here in town which feeds a lot of hungry people in our area, ”Alford said.

The trees themselves are once loved, now gifts, but:

“The ornaments on the decorations on each tree are purchased by the decorator,” Alford said.

They have been doing it every two years since 2008, the decorators have changed so the decor is passed on. The lights were not, however, since power consumption increased with the decor.

“We decided that in order to overcome these electrical issues, we needed to switch to LEDs,” Alford said.

They cut the incandescents one by one. Mary said to many guests:

“Read the Christmas carols and they see the creator’s vision and come and tell us which ones are their favorites,” Collins said.

It’s almost show time, they just make sure it looks a lot like Christmas. When the Christmas trees were lit and the snow had settled in a few days ago:

“We climbed a large staircase ladder and we sat on the ladder and looked over the trees and I don’t think there was a dry eye. We were so happy that we were able to be successful and give back to our community and our region, ”said Collins.

Well the ladder is not part of the tour but I managed to grab an antenna. But from there or below you can almost hear the singing of the trees.

Carols in the Park is from 2 to 5 and 10, 11 December from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and also from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the fourth and fifth. It’s at 209 Mt. Pleasant Street in Pittsburg’s First United Methodist Church. And yes, you heard that right, it’s free.

About 100 trees are decorated on the basis of Christmas carols.

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Charles K. Eckert