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Photo feature: Christmas trees burn for Epiphany

Christmas trees burn during the Trinity Episcopal Church’s annual “Burning of the Greens” on Stirling Road Tuesday evening. Observed on the Epiphany —the day when the wise men were thought to have visited the Christ child — the tradition celebrates the Light of Christ coming into the world on one of the darkest and coldest nights of the year. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Christmas trees burn during the Trinity Episcopal Church’s annual “Burning of the Greens” on Stirling Road Tuesday evening. Observed on the Epiphany —the day when the wise men were thought to have visited the Christ child — the tradition celebrates the Light of Christ coming into the world on one of the darkest and coldest nights of the year. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Phoebe Jones, right, stares at a bonfire as the Christmas trees burn during the service. (sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Phoebe Jones, right, stares at a bonfire as the Christmas trees burn during the service. (sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

The Rev. Walton Jones lights the bonfire of Christmas trees during the service. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

The Rev. Walton Jones lights the bonfire of Christmas trees during the service. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

The Rev. Walton Jones carries a candle before using its flame to light a bonfire of Christmas trees during Trinity Episcopal Church’s annual “Burning of the Greens” on Stirling Road Tuesday. The tradition is a celebration of the Epiphany. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

The Rev. Walton Jones carries a candle before using its flame to light a bonfire of Christmas trees during Trinity Episcopal Church’s annual “Burning of the Greens” on Stirling Road Tuesday. The tradition is a celebration of the Epiphany. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Christmas trees burn during Trinity Episcopal Church’s annual “Burning of the Greens” on Stirling Road Tuesday. The tradition is a celebration of the Epiphany. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Christmas trees burn during Trinity Episcopal Church’s annual “Burning of the Greens” on Stirling Road Tuesday. The tradition is a celebration of the Epiphany. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)