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Church St. holiday tree from Colchester

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Even on a rainy dreary day in Colchester, people left the comfort of their homes on Pretty Road to see something pretty -- a 45-foot-Blue Spruce in the Hayes family's front yard.

The tree has been there since the Hayes moved in 13 years ago and has grown significantly since -- and makes for the perfect Christmas tree. "We used to put Christmas lights in that tree but we could only make it  half way up the tree v -- there's still some in there you'll see them in there," said Ann Hayes. "We just, thought why cut it down, so instead of cutting it why don't we think of donating it to the community."

The community will be able to enjoy this tree, decked out for the holidays, on the top of Church Street in Burlington -- but first it has to get there. It's not an easy feat moving such a large tree. With an escort by Burlington Police -- and a caravan to follow -- the Blue Spruce arrived unscathed. "Very fortunately the Hayes family called us and said we had a beautiful tree -- and they did," said Becky Cassidy with the Church Street Marketplace.

Every year dozens of people contact the Marketplace hoping their tree will be picked to adorn Church Street. The criteria is tough, but the Hayes' tree had what it took to win the honor. "The shape is important because people look at the tree from every angle, take pictures with the tree, bring their children its the community tree and we want it to be perfect in every way, it has to have a beautiful top too," Cassidy said.

This years tree stands at 45 feet tall.  That's about 5 feet shorter than it normally is, but the marketplace says this one had all the other bells and whistles. "It's so beautiful. It's just maybe a few feet smaller but the shape is so gorgeous -- we couldn't give this tree up," Cassidy said.

The Hayes family is excited to see their family tree shining bright this season. It will be lit up on Friday, November 29th at 5:30.

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