Christmas magic in Magheralin

Published Saturday, 01 December 2012
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A church in County Down is telling the Christmas story through a festival of 70 different trees.

Christmas magic in Magheralin
A Co Down church is raising funds for local charity Charlene's Project. (© Pacemaker)

On display are festive trees made of all kinds of materials - wool, straw and even a sheep tree.

The Church of Ireland at Magheralin has been transformed by the spectacular display - each tree telling a different aspect of the Christmas story through how they are constructed.

There is the betrothal tree explaining Joseph's union with Mary, and even a tree made of tyres, to demonstrate the journey Jesus's parents had to make.

Businesses, organisations, schools, prisoners at Maghaberry jail and individual tree-makers from the church and further afield have been involved in the project for the last year.

Organiser Sarah Cousins explained: "They take you through from the promise of this baby coming through to the tyre tree which reminds us of the journey that was taken through to knitted trees, the manger tree round all the way through to upside down trees and going through maji trees and sheep trees and shepherd trees.

"You actually don't believe it until you see it, the whole story is laid out for you to journey through."

One man was particularly impressed by the painstaking project.

He said:"I've come over from England and I heard about the exhibition and it just blows my mind, I've travelled the world really and I've seen nothing like it at all wherever I've been."

The festival runs until Sunday night, when there will be a special carol service at the church.

© UTV News
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