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20 Things You Didn't Know about Temple Square at Christmastime


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14. The Church purchases "stand-in trees" that are planted only during the Christmas season. These young trees are purchased from the State Educational Trust Fund Lands, and the proceeds are donated to the state educational system. Then, the trees are wrapped in lights and temporarily planted on Temple Square for the Christmas season. This is done to add a touch of light where groundskeepers want it, and to protect the permanent trees on Temple Square from damage causing by wrapping and lighting. 

20 Things You Didn't Know about Temple Square at Christmastime

Photo from Mormon Newsroom

15. Tiny electric candles float on several ponds throughout the Church campus, including in front of the Salt Lake Temple and at the Church Office Building. Every light on the square invites visitors to remember the Light of the World.

20 Things You Didn't Know about Temple Square at Christmastime

This year's luminaries placed around Temple Square. Photo from Mormon Newsroom.

16. Beautiful and detailed luminaries are placed throughout temple square, including the lawn in front of the Temple and outside the Church Office Building. The luminaries are intended to offer messages of peace, joy, and love.