CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE: Megan Roth with the tribute Christmas tree at Gayndah cemetery. Picture: Sam Turner
CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE: Megan Roth with the tribute Christmas tree at Gayndah cemetery. Picture: Sam Turner

Touching Christmas tribute in local cemetery

A LONGSTANDING Christmas tradition will be upheld this year at the Gayndah cemetery.

Seven years ago, a group of ladies who had lost loved ones endeavoured to pay tribute to them during the holiday period.

In 2012, a Christmas tree to the graveyard, and was placed in the rotunda, overlooking the cemetery.

Each year since then, residents have come down and decorated the tree with touching tributes to family and friends they've lost over the years.

Gayndah local Dael Giddins continued the tribute this year with four other ladies, in honour of those close she has lost.

"My mum, my dad, and my nephew who was only 36 years old are buried there," Mrs Giddins said.

"Decorating this tree gives you that feeling of remembrance, especially around Christmas time."

Scattered on the tree are numerous tributes to family members, such as framed photos, baubles, ceramic trees and more.

Around the rotunda is a rose garden, and a tranquil zone for visitors to come and reflect, and remember those special to them.

With the tree ageing over the past seven years, Mrs Giddins believes they'll purchase a new tree next year, hoping to continue the tradition for some time.

Set-up at the beginning of December, the tree will be remain up until the start of January.


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