Virtual program

Providence Christmas Forest The virtual Christmas in the forest program will be presented tomorrow, December 2


WInter walks through a snow-covered forest are a delight for the senses. The cold, crisp air. The pungent smell of pine, hemlock and spruce. The immaculate, snowy silence. It’s a rare Christmas experience that we don’t always enjoy in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Thanks to the 34th edition of Providence Christmas in the forest event, you can enjoy the holiday greenery decorated from top to bottom in beautiful themed ornaments… all from the comfort of home.

The 34th Annual Christmas of Providence in the Forest takes place on Thursday, December 2nd. Photo credit: Jacob Luplow

This year’s forest takes place on Thursday, December 2. Log in for the pre-show at 6:45 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. There will also be an online auction which will open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 29 and until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3.

The first Christmas in the forest took place in 1988. “The designers are the heart of the forest, they make the creative magic happen, ”says Stacey Genzlinger, Director of Events for the Providence Southwest Washington Foundation. The other organizers of Providence agree. Two of the designers, Ellen Wood and JoAnn Green, have been involved in the entire three-decade story.

Because visitor safety is still the number one priority, the event will remain virtual in 2021. “Under current conditions with the community spread of COVID remaining high and representing our already taxed local health system, we have found it necessary to cancel all large in-person gatherings for the protection of our guests, residents and local medical providers, ”said Genzlinger,“ While we had hopefully planned a return to the ballroom until very recently, the rate of transmission and hospitalizations made it clear that it would not be the right thing for us to do.

However, she continues, “I look forward to the time when we can once again host our gala in person and show the trees to the community on our public screening days. The forest is such a great vacation tradition in our community. On several occasions, people have told me that they attended or played Christmas in the forest when they were children, and now they bring their children to the event.

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Proceeds raised through this year’s auction and Christmas Forest will benefit the respite care program at Providence St. Peter’s Hospital. Photo credit: Jacob Luplow

But putting together these evergreen beauties takes non-virtual hands, so “trees and wreaths will be designed and decorated in the ballroom of the Olympia Hotel in Capitol Lake», Explains Genzlinger. “We will be filming our virtual program from the ballroom. The video will then be uploaded to their website for everyone’s enjoyment.

After their great public unveiling, the greenery begins its annual migration, thanks to donors and generous residents. “At the end of our program and online auction, the trees will be delivered to their final destination throughout the Thurston County area. Some trees are sponsored by companies and will be delivered to the company, some trees are donated to Providence St. Peter’s Hospital, other local health facilities or non-profit organizations, and some trees are purchased by individuals for be delivered to their home, ”explains Genzlinger.

The funds raised through this year’s auction and the Christmas forest will benefit the Providence St. Peter Hospital Respite Care Program. Chosen as this year’s Fund-a-Need, the Respite Care Program offers beds for up to 30 days in local hotels and shelters, as well as comprehensive case management for those without. safe place to heal after acute illness, said Peter Brennan, director of philanthropy for the Providence Southwest Washington Foundation. “This relieves a severely overburdened system, where more hospital beds for acute care are needed, narrows the health equity gap for the poor and vulnerable in our community, and empowers those who have not.” housing to heal completely and avoid an unnecessary return to the emergency department or to the hospital, ”he adds.

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Every dollar will help alleviate unnecessary suffering, financial hardship, and economic impacts not only on our local health systems, but also on the police, fire and social services that respond to the resulting crisis when adequate recovery and support is not enough. Photo credit: Jacob Luplow

Can’t participate but still want to donate? Visit the Fund-A-Beed Page contribute directly. Every dollar will help alleviate unnecessary suffering, financial hardship, and economic impacts not only on our local health systems, but also on the police, fire and social services that respond to the resulting crisis when adequate recovery and support is not enough.

Alternatively, join the designers, community sponsors, Providence staff and other revelers at this year’s Christmas in the Forest. Fill a cup with cocoa or a little festive sparkle and light a pine scented candle in the background. It’s almost like you’re there in person (unless you’re in your pajamas) until we can meet again for 35 years.

It’s too late to organize a tree for this year’s event, but if you would like to get involved in 2022, please contact the Providence Southwest Washington Foundation office at 360.493.7981 or [email protected]

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