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If a Christmas tree could talk…

City of Lincolnton public works employees cut down a tree in Vale that will be on display in downtown Lincolnton during the holiday season.

MARTHA K. SEAGLE
Staff Writer

 
Friday morning, I left my home in the country from Confederate soldier Edney Hoover’s former farmland and headed to the big city of Lincolnton. It’s the first time I’ve ever made a trip by motorized car, even though I’m at least 45 years old.
My previous “parents” —Ruth and Lee Boyd — believe I was born here in the Reepsville Community around 1967. You see, they found me here when they built their new house in 1968 and decided to keep me around. I’m sure glad they did, because I grew strong and tall under their care.
I graced their yard with beauty for many years and have watched over their children and grandchildren as they were born and played around my feet.
Now, I get to watch over all of Lincoln County’s residents and visitors as they come and go on East Main Street during the holiday season. You see, I have been chosen for an honor that many of my kind never receive:  I am Lincolnton’s official Christmas tree and I get to stand on the courthouse lawn from now through New Year’s Day.
On Saturday, all of my new jewels will be lit as I take center stage following Lincolnton’s Christmas parade. I invite all of Lincoln County’s residents and visitors will come out and adore my splendor.
My parents are planting a baby tree in my place so that their grandchildren and great-grandchildren will have a new tree to watch over them as they grow. Maybe one day years from now, my little brother or sister will also get to ride on a truck to Lincolnton.

Image courtesy of Tennille Mullery / Special to LTN

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