The Hindu Business Line

25-feet Christmas Tree with cardboard boxes

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The Mar Thoma Church in Bengaluru, for the ninth year in succession, has created 25feet tall Christmas tree using card board boxes for decoration­s and for wreaths ecofriendl­y potato and onion sacks.

Each year the church located at Primrose Road Near Hosmat Hospital in Bengaluru has been creative.

“Corrugated boxes were collected from members of the Church and some were bought from people who sell used boxes,” said Daniel Thomass, one of the creator and a church goer.

“These boxes were then painted, decorated and put up using a pulley and ladders. About 20 members of the Church have been working on this, every evening, for the last three weeks,” he added.

The inaugural lighting of the Christmas tree was done by Rev Dr Sham P. Thomas, Vicar of the Church and was followed by the Carol Service where various choirs took part.

Narrating the history of the Christmas trees at the Mar Thoma Church, Daniel Thomass said this is the ninth year in succession, the Church has created decoration­s using eco-friendly and recycled material.

It all started in 2008 when it used plastic bottles and old tyres; in 2009, old video tapes and plastic bags were converted into decoration­s.

In 2010, we used coconut leaves, dry vegetables and grasses and in 2011, it was jacquard loom cards. In 2012, it was a Christmas tree made with newspapers. In 2013, we incorporat­ed used plastic covers, in 2014, over 500 soft drink bottles made a grand green tree and in 2015, cloth scraps from tailors and garment manufactur­ers were used.

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