Last year, the Radiology team tree decorating committee, composed of Anita Robbins (ultrasound), Chelsea Franklin (X-ray), and Rachael Garrison (X-ray), were tasked with decorating a tree with the theme “ONE” in it for the Liberty Christmas tree decorating competition. After careful thought and consideration, the Radiology department decided on Christmas Confections: A Cookie Onederland. Baking is a widely known tradition among many families during the holiday season, and remembering loved ones near and far was in the forefront when it came to deciding on a theme and decorations.
Typically, the committee focuses on beauty, but this year they looked into their past and thought of their holiday memories: Children eagerly helping in the kitchen to bake goods for loved ones. Grandmothers passing down recipes that have been in the family for decades. And most importantly, being together as a team and giving help to those in need to keep the spirit bright.
What made this tree stand out from the rest was that the ornaments were hand made by adults and children, just like the tradition of holiday baking, and when the judging took place and awards were received, the Radiology tree received second place!
Pictured below is the awarded Radiology tree along with the children that helped with the decorations.
Robbins tackled the ribbon, created salt dough cookie ornaments that looked “too good to eat,” and even hand drew kitchen mixers.
Franklin along with her girls (Riley, Peyton, and Ella) created many ornaments from air-dry clay resembling all the popular cookies and baked goods during the season, such as peanut butter blossoms, gingerbread men, snowmen, and trees. They also turned old-fashioned handwritten Christmas recipe cards into ornaments.
Garrison used her embroidery skills to create soft cookie ornaments to enhance the tree. The final addition was the handmade tree topper. It was a clay gingerbread house that was a team bonding experience for the X-ray crew as they worked together to create a masterpiece.