We know that Christmas is nearly a year away. But is there ever such a thing as a good time to make a wish or four? The Wishing Tree in Seattle is where this magic lasts year-around.
As you wander down 21st Ave and Galer Street in North Capitol Hill, it'll take you a minute to stumble upon the tree with laminated cards suspended from ribbons in rainbow colors.
If you can't find it, Google maps will lead you to what it has designated as a landmark. Since it's literally on the streets, it's free and open year-round.
This season, it looks particularly decked up with fairy lights.
There's even a bench with markers underneath the enchanting display where you can sit, go over your thoughts, or write them down. You can even share your hopes and dreams, or words of gratitude too.
The tree's "guardian" will collect these cards and hang them up on branches over time.
A wooden placard nearby communicates what you can do and the intent behind the spot. It reads, "Welcome to the Wishing Tree. Please make a wish and place in the golden jar. Over the next days your wish will be on the tree!"
It continues, "Words of gratitude are also welcomed. Our intentions and prayers can create great kindness and beauty. Something magical happens when we all wish in one place. 💙"
According to the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, Emerald City resident Jane Hamel is the "keeper" of this tree.
She started this project way back in 2014. The city's infamous rains poured down and ruined some of the material, so she began laminating them ever since.
The thoughts are penned in a variety of languages.
Words range from kids wishing for Lego sets and puppies and sweet proposals hoping for that "yes" to intense thoughts like cancer, politics, and world peace. Some of them are even as selfless as wishing for everyone else's dreams to come true!
You can see a sampling of the messages here before they go up on the tree.
Like us, you're probably wondering if they come true. Jane even remembers a time when a man wished for healthy babies and was blessed with twins!
We believe that the world needs more of this. Who's with us?
Wishing Tree Seattle
Address: Intersection of 21st Ave E and Galer St, Seattle, WA
Time: Open 24/7
Why You Need To Go: You can voice out your hopes, dreams, wishes, and gratitude at this magical spot.