I love Christmas trees!
They are probably my favorite item to see around Christmas and I love checking out how others prepare and decorate their own. This weekend my other half and I were able to check out an event featuring nearly 30 beautiful Christmas trees.
Each year, the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids offers an exhibit called Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around the World. Much of the exhibit focuses on Christmas trees, each with ornaments and decorations which coincide with the country details specific to its culture.
You’re taken around the globe when you stop at each tree and admire the little items scattered throughout the green branches. There’s also a short paragraph on how and why the ornaments relate to the country.
I loved seeing the variety of decorations, the types of materials used and learning about the importance of each symbol. These trees were colorful, bright, cheerful and incredibly gorgeous.
This is my first time attending this exhibit, and I’m a bit mad I haven’t taken time to go before this! There were a lot of people enjoying it, too — both children and adults.
It’s hard to choose a favorite tree, but I remember really liking the ones of Mexico, Brazil, Russia and Ireland. As you can see, these trees are jam packed with ornaments. I also loved the red and white poinsettias placed around the hallways.
Of course, Justin and I had to stop photographing the exhibit to fit in a selfie of us enjoying ourselves. Thank you, wide-angle lens. Enjoy my extra squinty eyes.
I’d definitely recommend this exhibit to others who enjoy a different look at Christmas. Although the trees were my favorite part, the other displays were very interesting and fun to see implemented in the main building. And on some days there are even reindeer and carolers!
Even when the holidays have passed, Frederik Meijer Gardens is an awesome place to check out. I especially love the new Japanese Garden which was installed this year! Make sure to put the Gardens on your “to do” list when you’re in Michigan.