The Story of the 1989
Mayor’s Christmas Tree Ornament
The 1989 Mayor’s Christmas Tree ornament began as part of a 93-foot-tall Douglas fir. The tree grew in an Oregon forest of Willamette Industries, where it was selected by Crown Center as tall enough and regal enough to be the 1988 Mayor’s Christmas Tree.
Decked out with 3,800 lights and 900 red and gold ornaments, the tree traveled to Crown Center Square where it symbolized the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, a citywide charity that helps make the season merrier for those less fortunate. After the holidays, the tree was cut into lumber at the Frank Purcell Walnut Lumber Company, then crafted into ornaments by artists at Hallmark Cards.
What’s tucked inside this box is a special reminder of Kansas City’s Christmas spirit–a limited-edition Hallmark Keepsake ornament. While commemorative ornaments benefiting the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund have been produced since 1981, this is only the third year the ornament has been made out of wood from the previous year’s tree.
All proceeds from the sale of the ornament benefit the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund. Thank you for your contribution.