Thursday, December 11, 2014

Shangri La Christmas Tree Lightning

Actually almost annually, we have a family picture at the lobby of Shangri-La KL with their Christmas tree, which is always quite grand.  However, this is the first time I've been present to witness the lighting of the tree, and this year was a rather unique tree too, if I may say so.

The theme of this year's tree (I didn't realise trees had themes) was Merry Nutcracker Joy Ride. Amazing works of  crafted sugarpieces of Nutcracker soldiers and trains are stacked up on a conical steel structure to form the 12-foot-tall Christmas Tree.

Quite a joy to behold....even before it was lighted up.

The event was preceded by High Tea at Lemon Garden, unbeknownst to me, the event was a charity, to raise funds for 10 children with severe heart ailments, and also as a treat for over 100 disadvantaged children from Tasputra Perkim and Pusat Penjagaan Kanak Kanak Cacat Taman Megah, and children from the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).

General Manager Manfred Weber (centre) with Dato’ Rosemarie Wee, Area Director of Communications, making their rounds to present the recipients of the assistance rendered to the ailing children with heart conditions.  It really was very heart wrenching to see these cute children who despite their cheerful disposition, were suffering life threatening ailments.... I cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering the parents must also be undergoing.  :(

After having had our fill of food, everyone was ushered out of Lemon Garden to the lobby to witness the tree lighting....

Incidentally, The sugarpieces are for sponsorship by donors, each for a minimum donation of RM1,000/-. The donors’ names or company logos will be prominently displayed against each sugarpiece.

And the tree is lit...and the trains go round and round!!!!

Luke 2:13-14
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

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