by April Foster
The tradition of decorating evergreen trees with ornaments dates back to pre-Biblical times, when European pagans would decorate their houses with the trimmings of shrubs. Early Christians picked up on this, and adopted the practice by adorning their homes with wreaths of laurel at Christmas. The tradition evolved and developed in the 19th century, when the modern manifestation of the Christmas Tree, with lights, paper ornaments and precious metals materialized.
For over two decades, the Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees has latched onto this tradition and taken it to the next level with extravagantly decked-out holiday trees, which are displayed at the Boise Centre. This year's event features a variety of themes, including Snoopy, Angry Birds, Boise State regalia, and various types of booze. Money raised from the event is donated for the purpose of community health care.
Check out a slideshow here to catch a glimpse of this year's fanciful offerings.