Vermont’s state Christmas tree has special meaning to family

By on November 28, 2017


The tree grew in a yard in Pittsford after a boy brought the seedling home from a fair when he was 12. (Pixabay photo)
The tree grew in a yard in Pittsford after a boy brought the seedling home from a fair when he was 12. (Pixabay photo)

PITTSFORD, Vt.— Vermont’s state Christmas tree a 40-foot blue spruce has special meaning to one family.

The tree grew in a yard in Pittsford after a boy brought the seedling home from a fair when he was 12.

John Paul Greene-Eugair died in 1995 at age 16 of complications from cerebral palsy.

Diane Eugair says he loved everything about Christmas.

She wanted to find a place for the tree as a tribute to her adopted son two years ago on the 20th anniversary of his death. She says she asked a state legislator to get it in the running to be the state tree.

The Rutland Herald first reported the story.

The tree will be cut down Tuesday. A lighting ceremony is planned for Thursday at the Statehouse in Montpelier.