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Colchester family donates holiday tree to Church Street Marketplace

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COLCHESTER, Vt. -

Football is a family favorite at the Villemaire household in Colchester. There's just one problem-- a 50-foot blue spruce that always seems to get in the way of the game.

"It's huge!" said 9-year-old Garrett Cardin, whose family donated the tree. "I've lost so many footballs, baseballs and I can't wait for them to fall out!"

Fall out because this tree will have a new home. It's being cut down and donated as a Christmas tree.

"I think this is a beautiful tree. You don't see many with that shape and form," said David Demag, the crane operator.

The family was approached a few years back after the huge spruce caught someone's eye.

"At that point we weren't interested, but we reconsidered this year because it's starting to encroach on the driveway and we wanted to expand the yard for the kids," mom Deb Villemaire said.

That means one less tree on Evergreen Circle-- and one more attraction just a few miles away. But moving a gigantic tree isn't easy, between parting traffic and turning heads.

The 40-year-old spruce tree is going to be the centerpiece of the Burlington Church Street Marketplace for the holiday season.

"It's going to be very bright," Garrett said.

It's the largest tree the marketplace has ever had. And although no balls fell out for Garrett, there will be plenty of them on this holiday tree for the season.

"It's good that it's my tree," Garrett said.

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