It’s an annual ritual in the Windy City. Perhaps it has slightly less pomp and circumstance than the lighting of the tree in Manhattan, but for Chicagoans the choosing of the Daley Plaza Christmas tree is an annual occasion. Choosing the tree is a major event and involves searching for just the right tree to last throughout the season.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the tree for 2011 has been chosen. This time, the tree was chosen by the people via a poll run by the newspaper. The winner is an 83-year-old, 55-foot Colorado spruce from Western Springs and from the Spangler family.
The tree has been an icon for the family’s home. It has provided shade and been a place for the Spangler children to set up their forts and around which to play. However, the problem was that the tree just kept growing. Now, the tree is actually too close to the Spangler home and needs to be cut down. Its branches are a mere 10 feet from the roof of their home, which can be dangerous.
So, the Spanglers decided that their tree shouldn’t just be cut down and shredded. They decided to let the tree go out with a bang. Now, the tree will soon be cut down and transported to downtown Chicago where it will be installed as the Official Chicago Christmas Tree.
The Spangles have been invited to the lighting ceremony and they say that they plan to attend. The tree actually was in the contest last year and lost in the final round of voting. This year, they won in a landslide - by more than 700 votes.