Gather round the Bud Fish Tree 🎄

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The holidays are fast approaching and nothing sets the mood quite like a twinkly set of lights around the tree. Some folks will say you have to wait til after Thanksgiving to decorate, but around here we can't help but get in the spirit now. The leaves have dropped, storms are brewing, and we can practically taste the egg nog

Every year Truckee holds a special lighting ceremony. The centerpiece is the Bud Fish tree, a tall pine in the heart of historic downtown. Mr. Fish was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Truckee, and a longtime Truckee resident. A family man, a forester, and an active member of the community, Bud ensured that Fibreboard provided the Christmas tree for downtown, and assembled a crew of volunteers year after year. Upon his passing, the Rotary Club planted a permanent tree in his honor. Each year the lighting ceremony serves as a gathering for locals and visitors to share in the joy of the season, while raising money for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

This year we were on hand to capture the festivities. In addition to the main tree lighting, local students bring their handmade ornaments to decorate trees located around historic downtown, including right here at our store. We think the kids did a pretty good job. To see more check out our gallery.



And if we're going to start decorating and playing Mariah Carey at full blast, we better also get in the spirit of giving. Our friends at Truckee Community Christmas will be collecting items throughout the season including food, coats, toys and senior needs. Stay tuned for more information on how you can help and the ways we'll be spreading random acts of joy this holiday season.



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