The World Tree of Hope is perhaps one of the most meaningful and beautiful Christmas tree to exist. A tradition since 2006, a 20-25 foot Christmas tree is placed in the Rotunda of San Francisco City Hall and then decorated with thousands of origami cranes. Although stunning as ornaments, these cranes serve a more important purpose. Written on the paper before they are folded are well-wishes for the future.
The 2011 World Tree of Hope boasts over 7,000 origami cranes and silver/gold stars, all with wishes. Organized by the Rainbow World Fund, it "joins together individuals of diverse cultures, points of view, spiritual beliefs, socioeconomic backgrounds and sexual identities, and taps into two of our most powerful resources – the human mind and heart," says Jeff Cotter, founder of the Rainbow World Fund.