Festival of Trees brings book joy to a new level

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you know my family and I have been working on a special project — a book-themed Christmas tree.

My family and I decorated this tree in honor of my brother (who passed away in 2015) and my mom (who died in 2018). Both were avid readers.

Our tree is decorated with ornaments and a star topper made from the pages of books. Mini books also correspond to $1000 worth of books under the tree. We covered all the bases with the books. They’re all family favorites and cater to all ages.The books range from The Hungry Caterpillar and The Questioneers to The Giver and Encyclopedia Brown to The Princess Academy and Fablehaven to The Chronicles of Prydain and LOTR to Mary Poppins and The Wheel of Time.

We hope the tree will not only bring joy to fellow book lovers but will make a real difference in the life of a child. Why? This tree will be auctioned off at the Festival of Trees. Proceeds benefit children at Primary Children’s Hospital, which is located in Salt Lake City.

My brother was sick most of his life and spent a lot of time at Primary Children’s Hospital. When he was there, books were his escape.

?Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees features uniquely decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, playhouses, centerpieces, quilts and gingerbread houses. Shops are filled with dolls, handmade crafts and quilts, freshly baked cookies and candies, an endless assortment of freshly-made fudge, hot scones, and cinnamon rolls.

Trees are sold through an auction on Opening Night, which is an event that is held the evening before Festival of Trees opens to the public. This year, the festival is open to the general public Wednesday, Dec. 4, through Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, from 10am – 9pm. You can buy tickets here.

Funds raised at Festival of Trees are a “A Gift of Love” to children at Primary Children’s Hospital. More than $2.8 million was raised by Festival of Trees in 2018.

?Primary Children’s Hospital

Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City is a Level I pediatric trauma center that cares for children with complex illness and injury, including organ transplants and complex birth defects. The hospital serves children in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

Primary Children’s Hospital ensures that every child receives the best medical care possible, regardless of race, religion, or ability to pay.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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