Posted by: gargupie | December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday, sharing love with oneself and perhaps with your closed ones, too.

This origami Christmas tree was an insightful symbol of hope and peace at the famous Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City. This tree is inspired by the story of Sadako, a little girl who developed leukemia after the 1945 Hiroshima bombing. Folding of one thousand paper cranes has been a legend of making a wish come true.  Despite not completing her goal,  after her death her classmates folded enough cranes to finish her last deed. Since then, people all over the world also participated in this ‘origami marathon’. This ‘peace tree’ is  a meaningful way to honor Sadako’s memory and to create a bright symbol of hope.

I was there right when there was a service. The church psalm and music were so soothing and calming.


  1. What a cool look for a Christmas tree! Merry Belated Christmas! I hope you had a great one!

    • Thanks! Hope you had a nice holiday, too. There’s a big blizzard in NY today!But I still ventured out…let’s just say it was an ‘interesting’ and ‘cool’ experience. Took me 2 hours to get home and that includes an inevitable taxi ride.

  2. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! What a beautiful tree with such an important message…thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks Faith! Hope you enjoyed your holiday, too.

  3. That story about the origami cranes is so touching! Thank you for sharing it! The paperwork looks beautiful in that tree, so it may also be a sign of understand between different cultures. 🙂

    • Thanks Kath. I just love the idea of bridging peace through different cultures. We definitely need more love and peace in this world.

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