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The magic Christmas tree


Marva Ellwanger

A working train circles Tammy Tucker's Christmas tree at the Commerce Building

For the last three years Tammy Tucker has not had the space to set up her magical Christmas tree. This year, with the help of four of her grandchildren Tucker amazed the Christmas at Home guests in the Commerce Building Monday night. Even with the help of her grandchildren Miranda Michiales, Christine Michiales, Phenix Thomson and Justin Thomson, the tree took eight days to assemble.

In 2005, while Tucker's mother was hospitalized, the only tree allowed in her room was a small ceramic one which had small scenes on it. Tucker thought, why not try it on a larger scale? That's when the magic began. She has added three scenes per year since starting work on the tree.

The hardest figurines to find were the pieces for the nativity scene gracing the top of the tree. "It took forever to find a nativity set small enough to fit," said Tucker.

The tree is in five sections, each section a small part of a winter town. The scenes included a working train, a farm, fishing hole, bakery, inn, and even a Pine Bluffs RV park.

Adults and children alike were mesmerized by the detail of the tree, many never seeing a tree like it before.


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