I am a mother to two awesome kids, and have been married to my favorite hubby (okay, my only hubby, but still my favorite!) since October 1999. Our favorite thing to do is get out of the house and find adventures! I am the founder and creator of Enjoy Utah!, a site dedicated to helping families get out of the house and see all that Utah has to offer! I contribute as a blog writer for the Salt Lake Visitors Bureau, and also write CityGuides for SheKnows.com.. I am excited to be a part of Today's Mama! I co-own a DJ Business with my hubby, and also do the online marketing and manage the blog and social media for Gines Auto Service.

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Festival Of Trees: A Beloved Tradition

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A beloved Christmas tradition for Gines Auto Service for over ten years is attending the Festival Of Trees and purchasing a tree or two to benefit children and families at Primary Children’s Medical Center. (Watch a short video done by KBYU last year on the Festival of The Trees.)

Last night I attended the opening night auction and gala in behalf of Gines Auto Service, where those in attendance can bid on over 800 trees donated and decorated by organizations and individuals in the local community. We ended up purchasing two trees, two gingerbread houses, and many hand-crafted gift items.

Many trees are in memory of a loved one, and those stories can be read on a sign close to the tree. A few that we came across last night were recent high profile news stories, such as fallen Draper police officer Sgt. Derek Johnson, and the tragic death last year of two friends who died together while duck hunting on the Great Salt Lake.

“I feel that we need to help and support the community and the resources we have here in this valley,” said Mark Gines, owner Gines Auto Service. “Everywhere you turn around there is somebody that has been helped by Primary Children’s. We are very blessed to have them here in our neighborhood.”

Besides trees, you will find a gift boutique, fudge and other goodies, wreaths, quilts, performances, and the always-popular gingerbread houses.

The trees we purchased:

Last night there were two trees that caught our eye that we ended up bidding on and purchasing. Stay tuned next week to the Gines Auto Service blog where we will do a more detailed post about the stories behind the trees, as well as pictures of the gingerbread houses we purchased.

Until All The Pieces Fit

puzzle piecesThis tree and display has a puzzle theme. We loved how even the snowflakes on this tree were made out of puzzle pieces! The decorator of this tree dedicated it to her young child who has been diagnosed with autism, and is flourishing due to the excellent staff and early-intervention program at Primary Children’s Medical Center. The puzzle piece has become the icon for autism awareness. The puzzle pattern reflects the mystery and complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition.

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Santa Is Coming To Town

We loved this Santa-themed tree and display. (See picture at top of this post.) With a cozy fireplace to curl up by and watch the classic “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”, we couldn’t pass this one up! It also comes with a smaller tree for tabletop display. Make sure to stay tuned next week when we do a spotlight post on the person this tree is dedicated to.

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About the Festival Of Trees:

The Festival of Trees is open to the public tonight through Saturday (December 4 – December 7, 2013). at the South Towne Expo Center (9575 S. State St. in Sandy) from 10am to 10pm. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children ages 2 to 11. Six immediate family members can enter for $15 on Wednesday and discount tickets are available at most Zions Bank branches.

Even though the opening auction was last night, there are still many trees, gingerbread houses and other items that need to be purchased. You can purchase them when attending.

Last year the Festival Of Tree raised over 1.8 million dollars for Primary Children’s Medical Center.

Read more stories from the Festival Of Trees on the Salt Lake Tribune website.

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