12th annual Christmas Tree Festival

Each year the Knights of Columbus Museum invites area schoolchildren to craft ornaments and decorate one of its many Christmas trees. This year 24 Connecticut schools responded.

As part of its art instruction, a class from each school made Christmas tree decorations to complement the theme the Museum’s annual Christmas crèche exhibit, which this year is Christmas in Canada. The students visited the Museum to decorate the trees between Nov. 26-30.

“The Christmas Tree Festival is a distinctive exhibit,” said Museum Director Larry Sowinski. “Each year, it showcases the knowledge and talents of our local schoolchildren and their teachers. It also unites us in a faith we hold in common with people in nations around the world.”

In a judging that followed the Museum staff awarded first-place honors to the tree decorated by students from St. Aloysius School in New Canaan, Conn. All Saints School students from Norwalk received second place and St. Bernadette School students from New Haven took third place. Honorable mention went to students from St. Mark School in Stratford and St. Lawrence School in Shelton.

Winners receive a donation from the museum for educational supplies or equipment.

The decorated trees will be on display through Feb. 3 and visitors are invited to cast their vote for the “People’s Choice” Christmas tree award.

Other participating schools included St. Joseph School in Danbury, St. Bernard School in Enfield, Blessed Sacrament School in Waterbury, St. Francis-St. Hedwig School in Naugatuck, St. Thomas School in Southington, Pope John Paul II School in New Britain, St. Jude School in Monroe, St. Mary School in Milford, St. Martin de Porres School in New Haven, Our Lady Star of the Sea School in Stamford, St. Theresa School in Trumbull, St. Catherine Academy in Fairfield, St. Lawrence School in West Haven, St. Catherine of Siena School in Trumbull, St. Ambrose School in Bridgeport, St. Aedan-St. Brendan School in New Haven, St. Ann School in Bridgeport, Our Lady of Victory School in West Haven and Sacred Heart School in Groton.