Holidays are certainly a time to honor traditions and welcome new ideas. Traditions such as pumpkin pie, egg nog, pot pies and gift giving will always stay the same but the Christmas tree, oh, the Christmas tree is the one thing that has been incorporating old ways with the new. From the beginnings of pine, fir and spruce trees to the creation of synthetic trees, this phenomenon has morphed in design throughout the centuries safeguarding gifts and lighting up hearts.
Memory Tree is the newest, most innovative and giving tree to join the wagon of Christmas trees designs. Launched in November 2011 and dubbed as the modern christmas tree, the design came from the humble home of Lawrence “Bud” Stoecker, an engineer who “spent the majority of his professional life building A-frames in the Rocky Mountains.”
For many years, this modern day Christmas tree quietly embraced the holidays with the family. It was eventually passed down to grandchild Matt Bliss who decided to honor and acknowledge his grandfather by sharing this special joy to the community. Hence the birth of the name: for the memories of holidays, family and childhood.
Owner of the Memory Tree and believer of good deeds, Bliss explained the Memory Tree was his fondest childhood memory. Growing up in a humble lifestyle, “Money was scarce… sometimes this meant building things instead of buying them.” His grandfather wanted the best for his family and a modest lifestyle shouldn’t hinder anyone from experiencing special occasions. So through love and kindness, the uniquely crafted Christmas tree was born.
For every tree sold, fifty dollars will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. For the love for his grandfather, Bliss is an advocate for “[eliminating] Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research to provide and enhance care and support for all affected and reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health” Because Alzheimer is prominent in the older generation, Bliss believes that they deserve recognition and care just like the younger generation do.
As a proud Colorado creation, the Memory Tree takes “minimal effort to assemble and dismantle. The tree also stores flat and takes up minimal space, solving the problem that traditional artificial trees [can] create.” Bliss relayed that the original design was fabricated – by hand – from industrial cardboard with a creative process that involves crafty engineering, punctilious design and love. Today, the design is carved from plexiglass and includes 100 chandelier crystals, 100 illusion film ornaments, other accessories and, of course, love.
Honor this holiday with the Memory Tree or use it as a year-round decoration and support the Alzheimer’s Association! Memory Tree comes in green, red or blue. You can purchase it at Mod Livin’ located on 5327 E. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO or you can order it online at the Memory Tree website. For a live peek, the Memory Tree is also on display in Art + Soul Gallery of Fine Art located in Boulder, CO.