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Hancock County Library prepares to host annual Holiday Tree Gala

Twinkling lights, shining ornaments and colorful tinsels are making the Hancock County Library their home for the next month. (Photo source: WLOX) Twinkling lights, shining ornaments and colorful tinsels are making the Hancock County Library their home for the next month. (Photo source: WLOX)
Holy Trinity Catholic School art teacher, Michelle Logan, admires the tree that she and her students decorated. (Photo source: WLOX) Holy Trinity Catholic School art teacher, Michelle Logan, admires the tree that she and her students decorated. (Photo source: WLOX)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

The annual Holiday Tree Gala in Bay St. Louis is taking place this weekend, but before the public can view all the wonderful trees, they have to be decorated.

Twinkling lights, shining ornaments and colorful tinsels are making the Hancock County Library their home for the next month, as they do every year. 

It has become an annual tradition for the community to come together to decorate the library with Christmas cheer.

"Everyone not only just likes to put up a tree, but it's just such a great gathering of individuals who come in. They have fun decorating their trees. Their families enjoy it," said Nel Ducomb with the library.

Those who participate count down the days to the big event and plan for months in advance. This year, 55 different businesses and organization decided to add their trees to the decorations.

One of the trees comes from the students at Holy Trinity Catholic School.

"They love it. They absolutely love it," said art teacher Michelle Logan.

Logan's favorite part of the monthslong project is watching the tree come together in the end.

"The Christmas tree we do every year is a major part of our Christmas. We have a theme, every year there's a theme," said Logan.

This year, the theme is the spirit of giving. Logan uses the theme to tell the story of Jesus each year. She assigns each student a different part of Jesus' story to decorate with an ornament.

Sixth grader Ashley Bulot loves seeing the school's tree full of ornaments made by each student year after year.

"We started so early and then to finish and it turns out like this. It's just so awesome," said Bulot.

The library also holds a contest for the tree decorations as part of the gala. The Bay Waveland Garden Club is last year's reigning champion.

While decorating this year's entry, Mary Bergeron remembers what the event was like.

"It's incredible. And actually the trees are beautiful. Last year the trees were so gorgeous. I couldn't believe we won. But the trees were so beautiful, I don't know how they made a decision," said Bergeron.

No matter who comes out on top in this year's contest, one thing is for sure. By the time Dec. 25 rolls around, the Hancock County Library hopes to have as many people as possible feeling the Christmas spirit.

If you want to get a look at these trees, the Holiday Tree Gala will be held at the Bay St. Louis Hancock County Library Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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