We have purchased a tree spot this year for Christmas in the Park.
This is our chance to add some positive atheism to a secular holiday! Make an ornament (or purchase one) and BRING IT TO THE 11/20 MEETING. We will collect them and hang them up the following Wednesday. If you can make it to this event, you can bring it with you. You can arrive any time within the 1-5pm window. I think this will take at least 3 hours to check-in and decorate.
Here are some ideas - I know you can find more on the web:
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a religion bashing tree, this is a time to celebrate the things we love about science, pop culture, nature, or some famous atheists or scientists. If we want religion out of our holiday, we can lead by example and not even mention it!
Here are the direction from CitP:
CHECK IN: Please check-in at the information tables at the fountain area, in the middle of Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, to receive your tree number and to obtain two strands of LED lights.
OBTAINING YOUR TREE: Your group has been randomly pre-assigned a tree to decorate. The tree number corresponds to the actual tree you will be decorating. A map will be available at the park.
UNLOADING AND PARKING: You may unload curbside on Market Street near Park Avenue. Spots will be available on a first come, first serve basis. After unloading, all vehicles will then need to be moved to nearby parking lots. No parking will be available around Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Please refer to www.sjdowntownparking.com for a map and directions to public parking lots and their proximity to Christmas in the Park.
DECORATIONS: Ornaments should be well made, wind and water-resistant. Avoid using food (i.e., pasta) as ornament decorations, as they will not withstand inclement weather. Keep in mind your tree will be approximately 5 to 8 feet tall. It is recommended that you have a minimum of 60 imaginative ornaments for Community Trees and a minimum of 80 imaginative ornaments for Elves Club and High School Trees. Christmas in the Park will provide 2 strands of LED lights. Use sturdy wires to attach ornaments to your tree.
Groups will need to bring their own tools such as pliers, scissors, small stepladder, etc., to help with the decorating process. Unfortunately, Christmas in the Park will not be able to provide any tools at that time.
SIGNAGE: Christmas in the Park will provide an identification sign for your organization. No other signs will be allowed.
ADULTS: Please be sure members of your organization are closely supervised, especially small children.
CLOSING OF EVENT: Christmas in the Park ends on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. If you wish to keep your decorations, please collect them by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, 20124. Any ornaments left on trees after 5:00 p.m. on January 2nd, will be discarded.