Singing Christmas tree comes to life at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

WOODSTOCK – St. Paul’s United Church of Christ invites music lovers of all ages to their annual ‘Singing Christmas Tree’ event on Saturday evening. The event is free and open to the public.

Becky Lytton, Secretary at St. Paul’s, explained this is a time-honored tradition dating back many generations and she’s excited to be part of it once again.

“This is our gift to the community,” Lytton said. “It’s all about the music.”

The festive family tradition showcases a wide selection of Christmas music, 14 songs in all, including “The Yearning”, “Someone’s Talking About Jesus”, and “Oh, Christmas Tree.” The Christmas tree itself is made up of various members of the community showcasing their musical talents, including Lytton. Barbara Strong will be on the piano.

Lytton explained that the church community constructed the tree structure, which holds the singers, a week before the concert.  “We’ve used the same blueprints since its creation,” Lytton said.

Created by Julia Danley Lambert in 1976, the ‘Singing Christmas Tree’ has found its way into the hearts of many. The program was revised in 2013 after a brief halt and is now under the direction of Lambert’s daughter, Mary Danley Catlett.

The group of 40 adults and 15 children have been practicing since October.

Guests are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes prior to the concert’s opening. “Our singers walk into the church in the dark and create the tree,” Lytton said. “We don’t want anyone to miss a thing.”

Lytton hopes guests leave the concert inspired. “It’s an awesome experience,” she said. “It’s very awe-inspiring.”

A CD of the concert is available for those unable to attend. Contact the church office at 459-3643



St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 235 S. Main St. in Woodstock

1 p.m. Saturday for dress rehearsal, which is open to the public

7 p.m. Saturday

7 p.m. Sunday with a reception to follow