Unique Christmas tree towers over White River in Mpumalanga

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An unexpected kind of a Christmas tree is towering over White River, Mpumalanga.  The Christmas tree is made up of nearly 2 000 knitted and crocheted 20-centimetre squares.

The colourful crocheted tree is depicting Christmas features, like baubles, bells, whirligigs, and bunting decorations.

Standing tall in more than one way at 6.4 m long, the knitted and crocheted tree is the work of more than 70 women across the country. Their aim is to bring some Christmas cheer to the sleepy town of White River.

Penny Boden is the brain behind the tree.

“I motivated my group about November last year and they started making squares and their friends and my family around South Africa. I only wanted 1 000 squares and I think we have 1 800 close to 2 000 squares and the most wonderful thing building this tree has bought our community together.”

The knitted squares and decorations will be made into blankets to be distributed to people in need during the cold winter months.

Giant Christmas tree on PE beachfront: