Merrehope preparing for Trees of Christmas

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) -- It's begining to look a lot like Christmas at the Merrehope in Meridian.

The tree that will be decorated by Choctaw students at Merrehope (Photo Source: WTOK-TV)

More than 25 Christmas trees will be decorated this year to celebrate two hundred years of Mississippi history. As part of the 49th annual Trees of Christmas, children from Choctaw Tribal Schools will decorate a live Christmas tree to help ring in the holidays this Sunday. A cedar tree is a traditional tree that was used by the Choctaw tribe during the Great Depression.

"They are wonderful people and Mississippi needs to know their history, their heritage, and their culture. We were very excited when Betty Lou Jones called and invited us to be apart of their Trees of Christmas," said Maria Hartness, a teacher of the talented and gifted class for Choctaw Tribal Schools.

The trees of Christmas will begin this Sunday, November 19th. You can view the display from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Live entertainment will be provided at 1:30 and 3:30, and refreshments will be provided on the 19th.

You can view the complete schedule for Trees of Christmas this year by visiting