The trees at Norwayne Field are undergoing some decorating by community members in a holiday tradition that brings the spirit of Christmas to the North Judson community and serves to commemorate those who have been lost.
Last year, Park board member Kay Reimbold said roughly 30 people decorated trees. The trees that were not decorated by members of the community are strung with lights by the park board, giving each tree the look and feel of the holidays.
She said the park board truly appreciates the community effort to decorate the trees.
“We really appreciate it because it’s beautiful during the holiday season when we have all the lights on there, and then we also have Christmas music playing 24 hours at the park, so if you’re up there walking around, and you can read, on each tree we put a staked sign with who decorated the tree and in whose memory they decorated it, so people can walk through and see all the beautiful trees and then also know that they were done for somebody,” Reimbold explained.
The tree lighting ceremony will take place on Friday, Dec. 6, with the lighting of the trees performed by a child from the crowd who will pull the switch to turn on the lights. Following that, Reimbold said there will be hot cocoa, cookies and refreshments at the old firehouse with an appearance from Santa Claus himself.