The halls were decked at Waxahachie Bible Church on Friday and Saturday with decorated Christmas trees and bidders.

The Ellis County Habitat for Humanity hosted “Festival of Trees” and auctioned off several Christmas trees to the highest, silent bidder. President of Ellis County Habitat for Humanity John Reynolds said he hopes to raise $10,000 to fund a Habitat home on Dunlap Street in Waxahachie. Since its formation in 2000, Habitat has built 11 homes for families in Ellis County.

The silent auction began Friday evening and restarted Saturday morning. The Waxahachie High School Jazz band, the St. Joseph handbell choir and magician Darren Collins provided live entertainment to keep the event lively and fun.

Mark Morgan was viewing the trees with his daughters Kate and Amber before they went and performed with the St. Joseph Children’s Choir.

“Some of the organizers of the event go to church with us, so we came out to see what they are doing and to support them. It goes to a pretty worthy cause,” Morgan said. “The trees are beautiful and they have such a wide variety. Some go from the very creative to the very traditional. It has been really neat.”

Trees of all shapes, sizes and styles were up for bid. Among the many traditional trees decorated by organizations and donated for the event, there were some off-the-wall, creative themes such as "A Texican Christmas" with peppers, hot sauce and tortilla chips, "Christmas Under Construction" adorned with tools and a ladder. Also up for auction were many holiday decorations and wreaths.

“This is a fantastic idea. I've never seen anything like this one with the cowboy hat on top and a quilt,” Local resident Melveene Dixon said. “I hope a lot of people come and help this great charity to build a house for somebody in need.”

Cynthia Varner stopped by the festival on her way to work to bid on a few items and helped support Habitat for Humanity.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County go to its website at