The Missouri Governor’s Mansion is getting into the holiday spirit. A 30-foot Christmas Tree will make its way to Jefferson City on Monday morning. It will be placed at the Mansion lawn.
Holly Dentner, Missouri Department of Conservation, said that Steve and Carla Lieble of Columbia donated a large Norway Spruce.
“It’s a big one and that’s what we look for. We need a large tree for the mansion lawn. The Liebles had this beautiful, large tree in their front yard, fortunately or unfortunately. But their front yard isn’t very large,” says Dentner. “Over the last two or three decades, this tree has grown just way too big for the front yard. It’s getting up close to the house. It’s kind of taking over the lawn. So, it’s at the end of its natural life. It’s time to move on with that tree so it’s going to go out in a blaze of glory on the Mansion lawn.”
Dentner claims that the Mansion staff chose the perfect tree to plant the lawn.
“From Missouri Conservation’s perspective, trees don’t last forever. So, if we can find a beautiful one that someone is going to have to remove anyway and put it on the lawn for thousands and thousands of people to see during the holiday season, it’s just a nice way to recognize a beautiful live Christmas tree and start that celebration for the holiday,” she says.
Dentner said that the Christmas tree is given each year by people from all over the state.
“We had one just almost on the border of Iowa a few years ago and then last year was from Desloge in St Francis County. The last seven years I’ve been doing it we’ve had them from Springfield, southeast Missouri. We’ve had a couple from St Louis, one from Canton. I don’t know that we’ve had one this close to home in quite some time,” she says.
The annual tree lighting ceremony and candlelight tours are at the Governor’s Mansion next Friday, December 3, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The event is free and open for the public.
Visitors will be able walk through the festively decorated ground level of the Mansion during the tours. Tours will also be available on Monday, December 6, 2021, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Since Gov. Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, Second Lady Claudia Kehoe, and the 2021 Mansion Christmas tree will be lit at 6 p.m. Friday.
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