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Durham Museum kicks off holiday season with official Christmas tree

Posted at 6:11 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 19:11:48-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Durham Museum is decking the halls! A 40 foot Blue Spruce was delivered to the museum to kick off the holiday season.

Every year, the museum picks a tree from the community to be put in Union Station.

"We have people from all over the community call us to put their tree up for consideration. We had around 30 on the list this year. We go out and look at them all," Jessica Brummer, Director of Communications for Durham Museum said.

This year's tree was cut down from the Ross family's home. The tree had been submitted for consideration before but hadn't met the height requirements until this year.

"This tree has been on our list for a couple of years, just wasn’t quite tall enough, but this year made the grade. It’s a beautiful blue spruce so we’re looking forward to getting it down and getting it decorated," Brummer said.

To be selected as the official tree, it must be over 40 feet tall, have a single, straight trunk, have a uniform shape with no bare spots and be in a location where it can safely be removed.

The holiday tradition is a longstanding one for the Omaha community.

"This tradition dates back to the 1930s. Union Pacific used to pick a tree from the pacific northwest and bring it in via train to Union Station so we continued that tradition with them today," Brummer said.

This year's tree lighting ceremony will be held virtually on Thanksgiving night. You can go online or call the museum to reserve a ticket to see the tree.