A Christmas story

This year’s Michigan State Christmas tree is shown at the home of Alex Stevens, where it was harvested before making the nine-hour trip downstate to stand in front of the Capitol building. (Photo courtesy of Alex Stevens)

By Noah Hausmann

Its needled boughs twinkle with dazzling lights as it stands poised and conical before the ivory dome of Michigan’s Capitol building. It’s traveled far, some 400 miles from one peninsula to another. If it could, it should be proud. Not just any evergreen can become the official state Christmas tree and preside over downtown Lansing’s holiday festivities.

This year, a spruce tree from Stephenson in Menominee County gets that honor as Michigan’s 32nd official Christmas tree. The tree, which is about 60 feet tall, was donated by William Winter and his grandson Alex Stevens. This marks the 23rd time the official tree has been selected from the Upper Peninsula.

Though it stands all season long in front of the Capitol for onlookers to enjoy, the tree’s big day of fanfare is the lighting ceremony during the November 17 annual “Silver Bells in the City” extravaganza, along with a parade of floats, marching bands and fireworks…

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