December marks the official holiday season and festive decorations are of abundance anywhere you look- most a display of red and green, glowing with holiday cheer. Walk into Country Floral in Polo,IL and you will find anything but your average holiday decoration. Norma, the owner of Country Floral, gives a new purpose to Christmas trees each year. Instead of decorating the tree with expected Christmas decor, the family owned and operated florist uses the tree to honor those who have passed or are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease.
This is the third year Norma has set up the Alzheimer’s tree. When asked why she puts up the tree every year, Norma stated she became concerned with Alzheimer’s disease when her neighbor came knocking on her door one New Year’s day after wandering around the neighborhood in the snow with no coat. He felt ashamed because he was unsure of where he lived. She also now has many friends at church who are living with or have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Norma’s Alzheimer’s tree helps keep the memories of those with Alzheimer’s disease alive and helps raise awareness in the community of a disease that has taken so much, from so many.
The tree stands at 5 feet tall and is filled with ornaments- each one displaying a local individual’s name who has Alzheimer’s disease. In the middle of the tree lies two angels and a sign that reads “Remembering those with Alzheimer’s. In our prayers” to remind those affected by Alzheimer’s disease that they are not alone. Our annual limited-edition glass ornaments are also displayed.
We are very thankful for the support and efforts of Norma and County Floral. Norma continues to support the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter by selling our 2015 Alzheimer’s Association Glass ornament in store. For a list of all location or to purchase one online click here.