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Here's where you can see 29 Christmas trees in one place in Forsyth County
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The Sawnee Association of the Arts is hosting a "Festival of Trees" featuring 29 decorated table-top trees for auction until Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. - photo by Alexander Popp

With Thanksgiving all but over (except for the leftovers), it’s time once again to start thinking about the Christmas holiday, starting with the yearly tradition of picking, cutting and decorating that beautiful, great smelling Christmas tree.

You could head down to one of the Christmas tree farms or local tree lots in the Forsyth County area to pick your own, but what if there was a way to get a fully-decorated tree while also benefiting a local cause?

According to Carole Kjellsen of the Sawnee Association of the Arts (SAA), with the SAA Festival of Trees silent auction, from now until Dec. 7 you can enter to win any of 3 Christmas trees and wreaths designed by SAA artists.

The festival includes a large variety of half-sized artificial Christmas trees, decorated in styles and themes ranging from the antique Christmas aesthetic, with trappings and ornaments from a bygone era, to trees decorated with edible ornaments, and even a sad “A Charley Brown Christmas” Christmas tree.

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The Sawnee Association of the Arts is hosting a "Festival of Trees" featuring 29 decorated table-top trees for auction until Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. - photo by Alexander Popp

On Tuesday afternoon, as SAA member Marilyn Decusati walked through the tree displays, she said that she's had a hard time not bidding on all of the trees.

Decusati said she’s had her eye especially on one tree decorated from top to bottom with tiny paint pallets, tubes of actual paint and small paintbrushes. And no matter what, she’s going to make sure that SAA’s programs get the help they need.

“It’s such a great program,” she said. "My plan is to then donate the ingredients back to the children's program.”

Kjellsen said that over the next two weeks prospective tree buyers like Decusati can come by the Cumming Art Center at 111 Pilgrim Mill Road, view the trees and place bids.

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The Sawnee Association of the Arts is hosting a "Festival of Trees" featuring 29 decorated table-top trees for auction until Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. - photo by Alexander Popp

“And if they really want the tree, they can ask us to call them if someone overbids them," Kjellsen said.

Funding raised by the tree auction will go to help fund SAA’s programming for children and the elderly, Kjellsen said.

"Our children's programming has been very well received and we need funding for it," she said. “All of our instructors are donating all of their time, all of the supplies, everything we need."

The Cumming Art Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from 2-5 p.m., Kjellsen said. The center will be closed for Thanksgiving but will be open for Black Friday until 8 p.m. 

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The Sawnee Association of the Arts is hosting a "Festival of Trees" featuring 29 decorated table-top trees for auction until Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. - photo by Alexander Popp