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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. 1 / 6
Doug Sailer (left) and Jeff Rodewald watch Sailer’s son Ethan work with a fire at Hope Lutheran Church’s annual Burning of the Greens. Church members brought their old Christmas trees to burn at the event.2 / 6
Members of Hope Lutheran Church came together for a fun, end of the season gathering Sunday, Jan. 12. The group celebrated the end of the Christmas season by burning Christmas trees together.3 / 6
Jeff Rodewald prepares to light a Christmas tree on fire for the Burning of the Greens. The event was originally scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 5, but cold weather pushed the date back to Jan. 12.4 / 6
Young Brady Sailer enjoys a sled ride at Hope Lutheran Church’s Burning of the Greens. Pastor Sandy Johnson said the family-friendly event featured sledding for younger church member and hot chocolate. 5 / 6
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 event. Hope Lutheran pastor, the Rev. Sandy Johnson said the Burning of the Greens is based on a Celtic tradition.6 / 6

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.

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