There are few things that spread as much peace, joy and holiday cheer as the sight of a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. But this season, Christmas Tree Market is making the holiday season extra special with their Christmas In The Community Program.
As part of this program, Create With Joy was invited to spotlight a charity that’s near and dear to our hearts and to share our experience decorating their 6.5 Foot Unlit Alberta Spruce Evergreen Tree.
Since we believe in being a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves, we are thrilled to introduce you to Big Cat Rescue – a Florida-based charity that’s one of the world’s largest accredited sanctuaries for exotic cats!
Big Cat Rescue is a world-renown group that fights to end the abuse of captive big cats and save wild cats from extinction. They are home to 100 exotic big cats, including Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Cougars, Bobcats, Lynxes, Servals, Ocelots, Caracals, Jungle Cats – even a Geoffroy Cat!
One of the things that we love about Big Cat Rescue is that they strive to make each holiday special for their cats! Christmas is a particularly special time of year for the residents of Big Cat Rescue! As you can see from the following video, the Big Cats enjoy Christmas presents and Christmas trees as much as we do!
Big Cat Rescue has received 4 Stars from Charity Navigator (their highest rating), has one of the highest ratings of any animal-based charity – are certified as a “Best Charity In America” by Independent Charities of America. Please take a moment to visit this fabulous organization today!!
Since Big Cat Rescue provides HOPE to big cats in need, we made that the theme for our Christmas tree!
We have never decorated an artificial Christmas tree before, so we were surprised to discover how easy it was to create a stunning and realistic-looking Christmas tree using the beautiful Alberta Spruce Evergreen Tree as our base!
Christmas Tree Market delivered the tree to our door a few days after the order was placed – no traipsing around in the cold and lugging a heavy tree up the stairs!
Assembling the tree was easy – you simply slide the three clearly labeled pre-assembled sections into place, then spread and position the branches to achieve the level of fullness you want. That’s it! No messy pine needles to clean up! If you live in an apartment or home where space is limited, the Alberta Spruce Evergreen Tree is a perfect choice for you!
Once we set up the tree, the real fun began! First we filled the tree with 800 tiny white lights to brighten the tree.
Then we draped strings of pearls and added our hand-picked ornaments.
We chose elegant white and clear ornaments because we wanted our tree to reflect the Light of the World – Christmas season.
Finally we added the topper – a lighted Capiz shell Star Of Bethlehem Star – to symbolize the light and hope that Jesus, the Son of God brings into the world.
Here is what the Hope Tree looks like when it is lit up at night!
Thank you, Christmas Tree Market, for allowing us the privilege of being a part of your Christmas In The Community program!
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