Christmas 2018: Maryknoll Tree

Every year at the Maryknoll office we put up a large Christmas tree that was given us several years back by a departing family.  In the recent past, Fr. Bob Wynne did most of the work setting in up in his free time, but this year, after his return to the US, the tree decorating became a Maryknoll community event.  We ended our usual Wednesday meeting an hour early and encouraged by some cheese and crackers and chocolate candy, the tree was set up and grandly decorated.

The tree is artificial and our guard washed it down, along with some of the other decorations, before we started decorating. Here Sr. Ann checks with the guard to see what is dry and what is still wet.
Always first to go on the tree are the lights. Here Sr. Len (kneeling) and Nancy Davies (a former lay missioner visiting Cambodia), and Hang Tran string sets of lights around the tree.
“No, no, not so high! Hang it lower!”
Sr. Mary Little, Karen Bortvedt (another former lay missioner back for a visit), Hang Tran, Fr. Kevin Conroy, Sr. Len Montiel, and Nancy Davies start to hang the ornaments and snowflakes.