Buy a Fir & Help a Shelter

Nov 11, 2013

DouglasFirFrondSt. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Altadena is offering Noble, Grand, and Douglas Firs for your holiday festivities.

Heights range from four feet to ten feet, but what distinguishes one kind from another? Here’s their breakdown:

Douglas Fir: The major Christmas tree species used in the Pacific Northwest since the 1920s. Nationally, it still remains as the most popular Christmas tree. They have a sweet fragrance when crushed. (Height, 5′- 9′)

Noble Fir: Long considered the “Cadillac” of Christmas trees, the Noble is popular because of its ability to maintain its freshness when cut. The needles and branches are stiff and hold ornaments easily. It retains a strong fresh fragrance. (Height, 4′- 10′)

Grand Fir: The Grand Fir is easily distinguished by its fullness, glossy dark green tops, and known for being the most fragrant. (Height, 5′- 10′)

All proceeds will benefit the Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter, which is a Friends in Deed program that provides shelter for homeless individuals and families during the winter season.

During the 2013-13 season, the Bad Weather Shelter housed 904 unduplicated individuals, including 127 children over the course of 74 days, and provided 11,395 shelter nights (one person per bed per night = a shelter night).

People may also purchase a tree for a local family to enjoy through the Pasadena Police PAL programs. Additionally, representatives from St. Mark’s are available to visit congregations during Sunday services on November 17th to take orders in person. Contact Tom Horner at to make arrangements.

Tree prices range from $50 to $135. You can order a Christmas tree online here or call the parish office at 626.798.8858.

Pre-order through November 17th for pickup or delivery on December 7th.

St. Mark’s Church, 1050 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena 91001.




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