Travis Carpenter from Northview Church in Carmel, IN brings us these huge, real trees adorning their 2011 Christmas stage.
They grabbed these real trees from a spot on their property where they were going to be cut down for construction.
The trees were between 20ft and 30ft tall, and were all hoisted up with cranks secured in the ceiling. Once standing, they were braced from the bottom. The lines used to hoist it up were kept in place as a safety to keep them securely in place.
Each tree was painted white in their shop, and then very tightly wrapped with around 100 strands of white Christmas lights. In all, they used around 400 strands of Christmas lights. Each tree was plugged into their dimmer system so they could control them during the service.
They opened the service with a special song and two MDG Ice Fog Compack low lying fog machines. Then they ended the service with Silent Night, and four DMX controllable snow machines in their catwalks.