We are taking part in St John's Christmas Tree Festival 2018
For the last few years St John’s Church in Epping has held a Christmas Tree Festival. This year they are expecting 63 trees to be involved. Each tree will be decorated by a local business, school, church, charity, Youth organisation or individual. Each tree will have a different theme relating to what business, organisation, group does. Over the four days people are welcome to go and see the trees and vote for their favourite. There will also be singing by the local school choirs and a concert by Epping Forest Band. As well as the trees there will be Christmas stalls, a tombola and a tea and coffee area. It is a great Christmas event. All proceeds go to charity.
We have taken a tree for the last four years and this year our theme will be’ Favourite Festive Tunes’ this will include, carols, modern Christmas songs and hymns. This theme is close to our heart because we know music has a huge impact on how we feel and interreact with others.
Music is engaging! Research shows that singing activates the left side of the brain and listening to music sparks activity in the right-hand side. Music means that the whole brain is stimulated, and more mind power than usual is being exercised. Singing and music is also reported to help retain speech and language, help tackle anxiety and depression and improve quality of life.
Music clearly has a huge impact on the lives of people living with dementia and music is just one of the ways our CAREGivers help our clients, whether they are living with dementia or not, to live life well. So as it is Christmas let’s sing!
We all have our favourites so our tree will have a number of these depicted by decorations hanging from the tree and there will be a form next to the tree for people to tick off their favourite tune so we will know at the end of the festival which was the Favourite Festive Tune! We hope to depict:
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Santa is Coming to Stay
Frostie the Snowman
While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks by Night
We Three Kings
Away in a Manger
A lot of the decorations have been or will be hand-made by family - my nan, mother, sister and daughter have all helped, friends, clients and staff so we hope you appreciate our efforts!
Photos will follow after the event but for now I am showing last year’s tree – which had the theme the Christmas Alphabet and won third prize.
I hope you like our tree,
Victoria, owner, Home Instead Epping Forest