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Church prepares for Living Christmas Tree

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -The 36th annual Living Christmas Tree is Dec. 9, 10, and 11 at First Baptist Church located on 5th and B Ave.

The performance includes a 100-person choir singing on a tree lit up with 80-thousand lights synchronized to the music. 

Even though the performance is this month, Mike Neff, the Associate Pastor of Worship, started searching for this year's theme during the summer and, which is when he came across “At Last Noel.” After revealing it to the choir in September, they got to work right away.

When this year's production was just an idea, Sarah Parsons, didn't yet know she would be part of the show as her husband was just getting stationed at Fort Sill. Once they moved, She heard about the opportunity to sing on the Living Christmas Tree, and even though she hadn't seen the tree, once she heard the music she knew she wanted to be a part of it.

"The music was beautiful when I heard it I was like 'This is going to be great' and then the lights came up the other night and it was just beautiful,” Parsons said. “Everything kinda came together when the orchestra was practicing."

While there are new faces, like Parsons, on the tree, there are some who've been singing on it for decades, like Becke Hoskins.

"I used to sit out and listen to them and I couldn't wait until I was old enough to be on the tree," Hoskins said.

This is Hoskins 25th year, and through all the years singing on the tree, Hoskins said each year has its own unique feel.

"Many people say 'Oh I've been to the Living Christmas Tree, I've seen it before' no you haven't,” Hoskins said. “ It is different every year...the lights the way they program them, it's just wonderful.”

Parsons said that anyone questioning if they should see the tree should throw out their second thoughts.

“This is one of the best things,” Parsons said. “Everybody needs to come and watch it. There's something for everybody. Just come and if you're nervous about it, sit on the back row and you enjoy yourself because it's great."

The program runs about two hours. The first performance will be this Friday at 7 pm, again on Saturday at 6 pm, and twice on Sunday at 3pm and 6pm.

It's free to get in and childcare will be provided.

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