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Christmas lovers go all out in decorating at Festival of Trees in Riverside

By in Press Enterprise on November 23, 2017

By Shane Newell

For the past decade, Patricia Holguin has sought to bring a children’s book to life in the form of a decorated Christmas tree.

Holguin, an instructional assistant at Moreno Valley Unified School District, picks books to animate for Riverside’s annual Festival of Trees every year in hopes of inspiring her kindergarten students.

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“I try to motivate them to read and show them what they are reading,” Holguin said Monday.

This year, Holguin chose Patricia Scarry’s scratch-and-sniff “The Sweet Smell of Christmas” as her inspiration.

  • Karen Reeves, left,of Hemet, works on her tree called “Christmas in the South” as Lynnette Bailey, with Balloon Team out of Grand Terrace, works on their entry titled “Warm Wishes” for this years annual Festival of Trees at the Riverside Convention Center on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Volunteers with the California Association for Bilingual Education, work on their tree titled “The Sweet Smell of Christmas” for this years annual Festival of Trees at the Riverside Convention Center on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Volunteers with the California Association for Bilingual Education, work on their tree titled “The Sweet Smell of Christmas” for this years annual Festival of Trees at the Riverside Convention Center on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Christy Bethel, with One Legacy, places a butterfly on their entry titled “The Gift of Time” for this years annual Festival of Trees at the Riverside Convention Center on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Christy Bethel, with One Legacy, places a butterfly on their entry titled “The Gift of Time” for this years annual Festival of […]    

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