Before the Old Year bows out, I thought I’d better give you a glimpse of this year’s Tree of Light. The photo was taken during the little ceremony we hold when the lights are turned on. This year thank goodness, although it was cold, the weather stayed dry and we had a better turn out.
We had a terrible time trying to get folk interested in helping out, I think holding it at 4.30pm on a Friday on the last day of term didn’t help. We must have asked a dozen choirs to come but they all declined. The boss was tearing her hair out, but in the end we had a gentleman come and play the organ for us, which worked out well as he chivvied the audience into joining in with the singing. We also had a local group of bell ringers, assorted funeral directors giving readings and the Mayor.
Organising the event, handing out stars, then laminating, cutting out and stringing them when they come back, takes a huge amount of time and energy at the busiest time of the year. By the time the day arrives we’re all a bit stressed out by it which is a shame. This year we had people coming in asking for stars right up to the evening itself, during the service and in the week after, so it seemed to stretch on forever. It obviously brings a lot of comfort to people at what can be a very difficult time of year for the recently bereaved, and in the end that’s what keeps us all going.
The cemetery always looks a bit festive at Christmas, as a lot of folk place xmas wreaths on their graves and memorials. For the past couple of years we’ve had an increasing number of people ‘dressing’ the conifers near their stones. This is probably the best looking one ( if you ignore the state of the poor tree!) all tricked out in gold with a fairy on the top – she’s blown off many times in the past few weeks with all the bad weather but always manages to find her way back up there!