Photo courtesy of Erina Alvarado

In the 1960s, decorative Christmas trees dotted Preston Hollow lawns. The wooden ornaments, strung with large multicolored bulbs, were a common occurrence near Walnut Hill Lane.

Now resident Erina Alvarado is reviving the neighborhood tradition.

Alvarado partnered with Modern Mile Dallas this year to sell handcrafted trees as a fundraiser for Walnut Hill Elementary.

She contemplated recreating the trees years ago, after seeing two that her neighbors’ families saved.

“I just thought it was the coolest thing,” she says. “Every year, I was like, ‘Gosh, we really need to bring this back.’ ”

The idea came to fruition in 2015 when Alvarado met a Denton-based carpenter who offered to help.

“I just went out on a limb. I had 60 trees made, not knowing if people would buy them or how I’d get the lights on them or where I’d source the lights.”

They’re so popular that they’ve immediately sold out the past two years, and Alvarado will start selling them again in early August.

“It’s really neat at night,” she says.

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