Mars Hill – One local church is making spirits bright with a new take on an old tradition. Mars Hill United Methodist Church would normally decorate an indoor tree for the enjoyment of its parishioners; but online services during the pandemic have enouraged the church to rethink how to give an old tradition new life. Following an old Celtic tradition, the church placed a locally grown Frazier fir outside it’s building, but this tree won’t be decorated with lights or ribbons. The Celtic “wishing” or prayer and thanksgiving tree is decorated with ribbons expressing the hopes, wishes and prayers of the community and congregation. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to share their hopes, prayers and gratitude by stringing a color coded ribbon in the tree. Colors represent prayers of hope, healing, thoughts of family members, peace and environmental justice. The tree will be on display and illuminated at night through Jan. 6. For anyone wanting to participate, ribbon and instructions are available at the 201 South Main Street location in Mars Hill.