Here is a story from the Good News Network. Retired couple Avril Rowlands, 75, and her husband Christopher, 76, from Inkberrow, Worcestershire, have decorated their giant Christmas tree, which they planted as a sapling more than 40 years ago. This vast 60ft Christmas tree lights up an entire neighborhood over 40 years after being planted as a sapling. Avril Rowlands and her husband Christopher stuck the 6ft fir in their front garden after enjoying their first Christmas at their new home in 1978. The tree purchased for £6 from a local garden center now towers above their four-bedroom detached property, and the couple hired a cherry picker to decorate it with more than 1,000 lights.
They planted the 6-foot tree in the front garden and took a photograph to commemorate the occasion.
The tree took root and thrived.
Today it towers, 43 years later, over the village of Inkberrow, Worcs.
With its 17th-century pub that inspired The Bull in Radio 4’s The Archers, the village is one of the darkest places in the UK as one of the only towns without any street lights.
But last week, its 2,000 residents turned out to see the switching-on ceremony, which lit up the giant tree that can be seen from miles around.
“The switching on of the lights has become quite a village tradition,” said Avril. “A lot of people in the village say that it’s the start of their Christmas.”
This year was quite remarkable because last year, the Rowlands had to do the switch-on by themselves due to Covid restrictions.
“We had fireworks, too, this year, plus a friend who brought down a trailer that had Christmas music on.”
The tree has grown so big that a cherry picker is needed to help the couple decorate it with 3,000 lights ahead of the big unveiling.
“It’s been wonderful to see so many people enjoy the lights this year,” said the 75-year-old retired TV writer.
And, since the tree is getting more and more attention, they decided to ask people to donate to a Cancer Research charity online in memory of a close friend who died this year.
The couple says they are still stunned by the size of the tree, which grows more than a foot each year: “We had no idea just how big it would grow. It’s absolutely huge now and towers over our house.”
Avril swooned, “We even get cards addressed to the tree, which is quite sweet.” Good news indeed
Today’s JohnKu talks about the holiday spirit. I hope you all have a terrific week.
The Holiday by John W. Howell © 2021
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