Oh, Christmas Trees!

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Byline: BETH REESE CRAVEY

Some are somber, some are whimsical.

Each of the decorated Christmas trees in Spring Park in Green Cove Springs reflects the intent of its sponsor, to remember a loved one, advertise a business or simply celebrate the holiday season.

Some of the trees are decorated with photos - of family, members of the military, historical buildings from Green Cove Springs' past.

A tree sponsored by a funeral home features large, colorful butterfly decorations. Another sponsored by a furniture store has miniature pieces of furniture hanging from its branches. Still another is festooned with a wide range of medical supplies, the kind sold by its sponsoring business.

The Parade of Trees, the brainchild of the Green Cove Springs Merchants Association, was designed as a fund-raiser and a way for residents to express themselves during the holiday season. The display is in Spring Park, located at Magnolia Avenue and Walnut Street, a block east of U.S. 17 on the St. Johns River.

A few of the display's 115 artificial trees are still available for "adoption" by individuals, families, businesses or schools. Fees range from $25 to $150. The Parade of Trees will be lit Friday, along with Green Cove Springs' community Christmas tree outside City Hall, and will remain on view through early January.

ON THE WEB

Go to gcsmerchants.org/gcsmaevents/paradeoftrees.html.

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