Church ends holiday season with burning Christmas trees
More than 20 Hope Lutheran church members gathered Sunday, Jan. 12 at the church’s land near Sterling Ponds on the North side of River Falls, to burn old Christmas trees for their annual Burning of the Greens.
Hope Lutheran pastor, the Rev. Sandy Johnson said the Burning of the Greens is based on a Celtic tradition of burning “greens”--Christmas trees. The event is held on Epiphany, which “recognizes the revelation of the Christ child, the one who brings light to the darkness of our world,” Johnson said.
The event was originally scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 5, but was rescheduled to Jan. 12, due to dangerously cold weather on Jan. 5.