This year, 2010, is the 500th anniversary of the first recorded use of a Christmas tree. The tradition apparently started in Riga, Latvia in the year 1510. In honor of this event Helen made a wall hanging or table runner which was raffled off at the recent National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) convention as a fundraiser for the Christmas Spirit Foundation.
The foundation was established by NCTA to help sponser programs which benefit kids, families, and the environment. Currently it’s largest program is the Trees for Troops program now entering it’s sixth year.
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