DANVILLE, Va. -

In Danville a decades old tradition that's spread around the world is back in the city started it.

On Saturday church members meticulously carried this, a Chrismons tree into Ascension Lutheran Church for the 57th time.

Tuesday volunteers and the pastor continued to hang the special handmade ornaments made by people from nearly every continent.

The tradition started at the church in 1957 when church member Frances Spencer wanted a Christmas tree free of commercialism.

"People have a deep spiritual desire to connect with the story of Christmas and by hand making these ornaments and using those to tell the story that provides that connection and it keeps our traditions alive," said Pastor Meredith Williams of Ascension Lutheran Church.

People from across the nation and other countries visit the tree each year. The church starts giving tours of the tree starting Sunday.

For more information about the Chrismons Tree and how to schedule a tour, click here.