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Don't Hug the Trees 

Celebrate them

Citizens of Riga, Latvia, claim that the first documented Christmas tree was put up there in 1510. Nowadays, there are songs about the woody plants, fake pines at shopping centers, tiny desktop conifers, entire lots dedicated to the sale of evergreens, the list goes on and on — bet those Latvians never dreamed their little tree thing would continue centuries later! In honor of that first tree and its place within our modern Christmas traditions, stop by the Celebration of Trees, happening this weekend at the St. Charles Convention Center (1 Convention Center Plaza, St. Charles). More than 50 firs and friends will show off their decorations (which have been carefully placed by professional designers), the kids will enjoy the train display, you'll bid on a wreath or four, and everyone will leave lovin' trees and feelin' all Christmas-y. The celebration happens from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday (November 23 through 25). Admission costs $2.50 to $5, and proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County (636-978-5712 or
Nov. 23-25, 2007

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