Saturday, December 10, 2011

OPS Christmas Tree

We had several requests on a recent post for a picture of Ocracoke's community Christmas tree at the Preservation Society museum. Connie Leinbach took this shot on a beautiful, sunny Ocracoke day. Thanks to her for letting us share it with you.

And thanks to all the folks who showed up at the Museum for the Wassail Party, caroling and official tree lighting. If you are on Ocracoke this Holiday Season, be sure and come by and see the tree all lit up under a starry sky.

Photo by Connie Leinbach

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke and the "Lost" Colony. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous10:24 AM

    Wikipedia states that early "Christmas" trees were used in the 15th century. Part of a mystery play a fir tree was adorned with apples the Adam and Eve thing. Perhaps this explains red and green associated with Xmas. Also apples don't grow in the middle east --pomegranates will but then Estonia could have had an apple fruit. I still think the "apple" of the Bible story was a pomegranate . Where did the tree come from? Lowes?

  2. Anonymous8:39 PM

    You can stop by and see that beautiful Christmas tree when you are stopping by either of the public restrooms immediately in front of the OPS museum. Where else can you find so many public restrooms right at your doorstep. Of course many more are needed. Plus the public is willing to pay so much to use them. Great tree, by the way.

  3. To paraphrase a Monty Python's Flying Circus skit, "If there's anything worse than being witty, it is not being witty."

    Bear MacDonald

  4. Anonymous7:19 AM

    Bear...I agree!

    Back to the tree.....the Christmas tree is lovely! What a beautiful way to welcome folks on Ocracoke Island or to wish them "Merry Christmas" as they depart.

    I absolutely love this tradition!

    Thanks for all the hard work in getting the tree and decorating it for even a NC Mainlander, many miles away, to enjoy and say, "Awwwwwhhhhhhh".

    Philip, thanks for sharing!

  5. Anonymous7:22 AM

    This NC Mainlander forgot to add a suggestion....this wonderful photo would make a beautiful Christmas card. Perhaps the OPS would consider printing a box as a fundraiser? I would certainly purchase some!

  6. Anonymous8:55 AM

    When people send Christmas cards this year show your support for the US post office and place an extra postage stamp. Properly seal the envelope closed to secure contents. The few extra cents -- most large cards do require extra postage but then it still is a bargain. Mail packages often and early --properly pad contents to prevent breakage thus securing contents inside preventing shifting. Oh Tannenbaum Green sleeves etc. Your Local APWU thanks you.

  7. Anonymous8:59 AM

    Are the bathrooms Handicapped accessible? Also is there a vendor that rents those motorized oversized wheelchairss with balloon-like tires to ride on the beach access --thus allowing ADA visits??

  8. Anonymous10:34 AM

    What a lovely picture! Philip, on reading the lost colony newsletter again, I noticed your reference to the books by R. Powell and S. Dawson. Mind if I ask where you bought them--and which did you find the most interesting? -- DC

  9. To answer a few questions above:
    --I'm not sure where the tree came from. Probably the Variety Store; defintely not Lowes.
    --Perhaps Connie Leinbach will allow OPS to use her photo for notecards. Consider the suggestion passed along.
    --I believe the NPS bathrooms are handicapped accessible. To my knowledge, no one on Ocracoke is renting motorized wheelchairs.
    --I purchased Andy Powell's book directly from him, but I think it is available on line. I purchased Scott Dawson's book at Books to be Red. I believe it is also available on line.

    Thanks for the questions. I hope my answers are helpful.

  10. debbie s.4:10 PM

    a lovely tree for a lovely community. May all of the residents, visitors and posters to this blog (even the snarky ones) enjoy a holiday filled with peace, love, and joy!

  11. Anonymous9:04 PM

    Philip, thanks for the info....all the answers are most appreciated. You do have patience! :)