Rhonda Sloan and Colleen Morgan of Macy’s Department Store found the inspiration behind their Holiday Tree Festival tree “Pennies from Heaven” from the poem of the same name.
The poem states that when you find a penny lying on the ground it has been thrown down from Heaven by the angels of loved ones who miss you, “sometimes just to cheer you up, to make a smile out of your frown.”
“Our tree is dedicated to the ones who have passed and continue to send me pennies,” Morgan said. “Yesterday they sent me 2. It was weird and a chilling moment because I found pennies where you normally wouldn’t find pennies.”
The tree is not the usual evergreen color but instead is dark brown and covered in gold and copper decorations, capped with a tree topper covered with pennies.
“I had never seen a brown tree before in my life, but I fell in love with it,” Morgan said. “I knew I wanted to do it in copper, then all of a sudden the idea of pennies were in my mind. That’s how the theme came to be.”
Pennies from Heaven is one of many unique trees you can see at this year’s 33rd annual Holiday Tree Festival at the John S. Knight Center from Nov. 22- Nov. 30. Admission is free.