A GREENER Christmas Tree
First at MLH and in Sri Lanka:
We could say rain rain go away...come again another day! But alas no
matter how many times the people said it, it didn't go away and it
didn't also stop the spirits of people who were waiting eagerly for the
lighting of the Christmas Tree at Mount Lavinia Hotel and begin the
Christmas celebrations of 2011.
Religious leaders lighting the tree
MLH unveiled magic, mystery and mirth of the seasons as they
commenced the iconic yuletide festivities with the symbolic lighting of
the first recycled Christmas tree on Thanksgiving Day.
Leaders of various religions coming together as one
Approximately 25 million-30 million real Christmas trees are sold in
the world every year. An acre of living Christmas trees produces the
daily oxygen for 18 people. Eighty percent of artificial trees are
manufactured in China, and most are made with PVC and other plastics,
which do not biodegrade and which contain enough lead to legally require
a warning label.
While there isn't much that says Christmas like a decked out tree,
every year the world over is saddened by the waste and loss of life that
goes into the usual cut-down-and-dress-up trees that most people buy
from the streets of Colombo or drive all the way to the hill country to
purchase the best tree. Fortunately, there are kinder and greener
options for Christmas trees that really aren't too difficult to
implement at all, if one is just willing to rethink antiquated
traditions and realize that the holiday spirit doesn't need to mean
going to the tree lot to chop down a tree.
The eventful evening
GM Anura Dewapura
Every year one gets frustrated to hear the same old same old 'plastic
tree' versus 'cut tree" debate - when the most environmentally friendly
option by far is simply to get a living tree instead. Nowadays, most of
us recycle. As always, one person's trash is another person's treasure.
Some people are just more creative than others, and indeed MLH's own
Engineering Team definitely found a very unique way to celebrate
Christmas and in a greener way. This truly "green" tree was constructed
from materials like jute, newspapers, flour and even cement, just a few
to mention. This Christmas tree is both environmentally friendly and
clever. In fact, it looks pretty cool. Who says sustainable awareness
cannot also be attractive?
Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrated their launch of the season by giving
thanks in a special way on Thanksgiving Day, to the Members of the
Diplomatic Corps, Friends and partners from the Business community, very
good friends from the media, and guests of the hotel.
The magnificent tree that was lit by the countries four
The greatest part of the evening was when all four religious
dignitaries came together with GM Anura Dewpura and lit the tree, with
fireworks and bagpipers exalting the evening. Voice Print did justice
too to the evening with their soulful acapella voices brining out their
colours in true spirit.
Voice highlights of the evening – Voice Print
Finally in Anura's speech he said, "May the lighting of the Mount
Lavinia Hotel's Christmas tree ablaze the flame in your heart, to spread
peace, harmony, happiness, hope, love and abundance to others...was most
Before tossing out your trash, go take a look at MLH's recycled
Christmas Tree and enjoy iconic traditions synonymous to Mount Lavinia
Hotel and world over."
Guests who really did have an lovely evening