Christmas trees on display in Cathedral

00:00, Dec 05 2012

The public is invited again to view a collection of Christmas trees at Nelson's Christ Church Cathedral.

The Cathedral is holding its annual Christmas Tree Festival, which opened yesterday and runs until December 20.

A collection of 34 trees, decorated by different organisations and community groups, is on display in the Cathedral, and each has a different theme.

The Cathedral's dean, the Very Reverend Nick Kirk, said it was a celebration of Christmas.

With Christmas approaching, Christians turned their attention to the first coming of Jesus.

Christmas trees were originally from Germany where fir(e) trees were used to represent the ever-burning fire of life and the presence of the holy spirit.

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Decorations include balls to represent the planets and the star at the top reminded Christians of Bethlehem.

Mr Kirk said the festival was a great way of connecting with the community.

On one afternoon during the festival last year more than 400 people visited. Groups of schoolchildren also came.

Entry is by gold coin.

The festival is open to the public every day, though the Cathedral will be closed to the public for a period next Monday.

The Nelson Mail