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Christmas Memory Tree

Christmas tree in St Mary’s church, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, photographed 15 January 2023.

According to a leaflet:

Christmas Memory Tree

You are invited to write a special message in memory of someone who is no longer with us and place it on our memory tree.

You are also invited to come along and enjoy some time remembering your loved ones whilst writing your message and lighting a candle to remember them this Christmas.

The tree will be at St Mary’s Church, St Neots throughout December.

Donations, if desired, are to St Neots Foodbank.

Sponsored by The Co-operative Funeralcare St Neots.

Note  gratefully received from Keith Geddes, January 2023: ‘Here in Horncliffe, Northumberland (close to Berwick-upon-Tweed) we hang memory tags – wooden discs sold to villagers to write the names of lost loved ones – on the village Christmas tree.  Profits from the sale go to charity.  This was started about 15 years ago.  We have a village community carol service each year, usually on 23 December, and the service starts with the vicar blessing the tree and the memory tags, followed by a self-written carol ‘The Horncliffe Christmas Tree’.  The collection from the service also goes to charity’

Updated 21 January 2023.

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