The story of the 1987 Mayor’s Christmas Tree ornament
The 1987 Mayor’s Christmas Tree ornament began in an Oregon forest of Willamette Industries. It’s part of a 90′ Douglas fir, picked by Crown Center as tall enough and regal enough to be the 1986 Mayor’s Christmas Tree.
During the 1986 holiday season, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree stood on Crown Center Square, decked out with 2,500 lights and 900 red and gold ornaments, as the symbol from the citywide charity that helps make the season merrier for those less fortunate.
Once the holidays were over, the tree journeyed to the Frank Purcell Walnut Lumber Company, where it was cut into lumber. Then the people at Hallmark worked their magic.
The lumber from the 1986 tree was hand cut into 1,000 oval disks while a suitable design was developed to depict the actual tree. At the Hallmark Innovation Center, a laser then etched the design into the wooded ornaments, one at a time.
Tucked inside this box is the finished product — a limited edition Hallmark Keepsake ornament and a special reminder of Kansas City’s Christmas spirit. All proceeds form the sale of the ornament benefit the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund. Thank you for your contribution