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Time to Decorate our Atheist Tree! Christmas in the Park - San Jose

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:
http://www.zazzle.com/atheist+ornaments

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Here is the bitly url to the article I wrote about our tree. Please share! bit.ly/18iycc5

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Invisible Pink U.

    The unicorns are up!

    1 · November 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are the lights on now, Brian???

    November 27, 2013

    • Brian B.

      Power is off in most of the area, I think they are still working on it. Will need to go back another night to check it out

      November 27, 2013

    • Thomas P. H.

      The lights will stay off until the lighting ceremony at 6 PM on Friday, Nov. 29.

      November 28, 2013

  • Noreen

    I didn't know there was a Pastafarian hell :-)

    November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very fun to decorate the tree. I especially liked the hand written ones:-)

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Ryan

    Omw a bit late =)

    November 27, 2013

    • Brian B.

      We are over at Bijan by the carousel

      November 27, 2013

    • Brian B.

      Heading back to the tree

      November 27, 2013

  • Brian B.

    Tree is all done! More updates and photos to come. We already had someone say "isnt Christmas a Christian holiday?"

    1 · November 27, 2013

    • Rick

      Sorry I couldn't make it down there and help with the decorating. It looks treerrific!

      November 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was telling Brian I thought it would be a good idea if he put all the ornaments in one box for next year when this is over.

    November 27, 2013

  • Sean W.

    We are at tree 611

    1 · November 27, 2013

    • Louise

      Sorry I couldn't make it. But I'm helping with TWO family Thanksgivings, each with over 20 in the family.

      November 27, 2013

    • Thomas P. H.

      Tree 611 is in the southwest quadrant of the plaza. It is across the street from the southeast corner of the Tech Museum.

      November 27, 2013

  • Thomas P. H.

    I have the empty boxes for Yoda and Darth Vader. Assuming they aren't stolen, the wee ones can be stored in their boxes after the event.

    November 27, 2013

  • Brian B.

    We migrated across the street to the Bijan Bakery and Cafe

    November 27, 2013

  • Thomas P. H.

    Should I bring a ladder? Power tools? Construction equipment? Scaffolding?

    1 · November 27, 2013

    • Kevin H.

      We might need a step ladder, I meant to bring one but forgot it.

      November 27, 2013

    • Thomas P. H.

      I'm willing to bring a ladder upon request.

      November 27, 2013

  • Brian B.

    For those of you who are arriving later in the 1-5 window, please keep an eye on this thread for updates. I will post from my phone the details of where to find the tree, where we are, etc.

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to work tomorrow afternoon now; I had planned to take off for this, but I can't. If you need lights, please let me know.

    November 26, 2013

  • Noreen

    The real spaghetti monster is exactly as big as the real god.

    November 21, 2013

    • Kevin H.

      Hmm, I don't believe it, I want to see proof of his/hers/its size for myself. Of course now the SM will send me to the garbage disposal for having no faith, where I'll send eternity spinning and being ground up with all the other food waste.

      November 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I meant to pick up a box of wire ornament hangers when I was at the store today. Will get them before I arrive tomorrow. Is there a specific spot we are meeting, or will it be blatantly obvious?

    November 26, 2013

  • Kevin H.

    I created carbon and oxygen atom ornaments over the weekend. I love the idea of the DNA by Noreen. I'm trying to create an airbrush painted sun, earth, and moon but may not have it done in time.

    2 · November 26, 2013

  • Noreen

    I had some ideas, like DNA double helixes, earth ornaments (like those photos of earth from space), or little space shuttles, space stations, and astronauts, but I couldn't find any you could buy. I settled for glow-in-the-dark planets that I bought at The Tech, but they're kind of dinky, especially Pluto (they kept it in the box and re-labeled it "8 planets plus Pluto!"). Hubble photos would be cool, too--I did see some on the suggested websites.

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hahaha, I just noticed in the rules for ornaments, "Avoid using food (i.e., pasta)." No spaghetti monster? Well, not a real pasta one, lol.

    1 · November 9, 2013

    • Brian B.

      I want to build a life-sized spaghetti monster :)

      November 9, 2013

    • Kevin H.

      LOL, how large is a real spaghetti monster?

      November 21, 2013

  • Scot

    I know it's the Wed before the Thxgiving holiday, but I won't be able to get out of work in time to participate. I'll look forward to seeing the tree later that evening either prior to or during the pub crawl.

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I realize this is not on the theme, but in addition to the science/reason ornaments, are snowmen OK? It might be helpful to have a list of don'ts. For example, snowflakes - in or out?

    November 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am thinking it would be good to make it fun for all to see and not too serious. I am an atheist who likes Christmas for the cheery lights in the darkness of winter. Maybe others have a different opinion. Will we need lights? I can provide some if so.

      November 10, 2013

    • Brian B.

      Please bring some lights if you have spares. We will be given two strands but it won't be nearly enough lights to make our tree pop

      November 10, 2013

  • Thomas P. H.

    For my ornament, I would like to construct a miniature replica of a book: "The Age of Reason," by Thomas Paine. He was a freethinker, rather than an atheist. But every atheist should be familiar with that book.

    November 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey godless, cafe press has science Xmas ornaments. Bet there are other places too.

    November 2, 2013

    • Louise

      There are lots! Just google "atheist christmas ornaments" and then either click on IMAGES along the top bar or go about four options down and click on "Images for atheist christmas ornaments"

      November 2, 2013

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