KKL-JNF Christmas Tree Distribution 2013.
(photo credit: KKL)
KKL-JNF Christmas Tree Distribution 2013
In keeping with its annual tradition, KKL-JNF will once again be distributing Christmas trees to local churches, monasteries, convents, embassies, foreign journalists and the general public as the holiday approaches. Distribution will take place in central and northern Israel, in accordance with lists provided by the Ministry of the Interior, the Municipality of Jerusalem and other bodies. Private individuals, too, can buy a tree for the token sum of 80 NIS. KKL-JNF foresters grow Arizona cedars, which have been selected as the variety best suited to serve as attractive Christmas trees, in a special plot adjacent to the KKL-JNF offices in Givat Yishayahu in central Israel. The trees are brought over from KKL-JNF’s Eshtaol nursery as year-old saplings, and are carefully tended for another two years until they grow to a height of around two meters.
In northern Israel, KKL-JNF foresters grow plots of Arizona cedars in a variety of forests. As Christmas approaches, the foresters thin out the crowded woodlands and sell the trees to the general public for a token sum. This prevents illegal felling of the trees and allows people to enjoy the festive presence of a Christmas tree.