Sunday, November 25, 2012

Old-Fashioned Hanging of the Greens Christmas Service

Athens, Tennessee - A  Hanging of the Greens is a service to prepare a church for Christmas. Its actual origins have been lost to history. A few customs, such as the Crismon tree are relatively new and began as late as the 1960's. There are some indications that elements of the Hanging of the Greens may have originated in the 1700's or earlier.

Piney Grove United Methodist Church invites you to their annual old-fashioned Hanging of the Greens service. The church is located just outside of Athens, Tennessee on County Road 750. Times are below. Click on the church name for directions.

Piney Grove UMC
Saturday, December 15, 2012
6:30 p.m.

Hand cut pine boughs and other greenery will be used in the service.
A large tree will be decorated in the front of the church, live poinsettias and candles will be placed. Traditional Christmas carols will help set the mood for the service.

The service is celebrated less often now that it once was. However; the custom is still alive and well in many country churches across the country. If have not been to a Hanging of the Greens service, then now is your chance.Piney Grove United Methodist Church welcomes all who wish to come.